A gambling addiction is when someone is obsessed with gambling despite the negative consequences. Gambling addictions often puts the person in risk of losing everything. People with this illness often think about suicide more than the general population. Many people use gambling as a way to get away from their terrible lives and to gain satisfaction. In many ways, gambling addiction is similar to other addictions (such as the addiction to alcohol or the addiction to illegal drugs).
Someone with a gambling addiction often
- Needs to gamble with more and more money to satisfy themselves
- Has made repeated unsuccessful efforts to cut back
- Is always gambling
- Persists to win back their losses
- Has jeopardized or lost relationships
- Relies on others to provide money to provide financial support
Gambling addiction is a serious disease difficult to overcome. In most cases, it is treated through therapy and counseling. In some cases, specific drugs can help. There is no definite cure.
Research demonstrates how the brain can get addicted to gambling. There is also evidence older people are more likely to become gambling addicts.
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- "Losing Everything to Gambling Addiction". AARP.org. 1 February 2014. Retrieved 3 September 2019.