It can be very hard to accept or even realize that you have developed an addiction to gambling. Before the condition worsens and starts affecting not just you but also your loved ones, it’s crucial you seek gambling addiction treatment as soon as possible. But how do you know if you have a gambling problem? Here are some questions to ask yourself to help you understand your situation:
Do you relive gambling experiences in the past, plan your next gambling session, or constantly think of ways to get money to gamble?
If the answer is yes, you may have developed a gambling addiction. While you may not be acting out any of these intentions at the moment, being preoccupied with thoughts of gambling or taking the time to plan and prepare for your next gambling session is already a sign. If you do come upon a casino, you might not have enough mental strength to stop yourself from going in and taking part in the games.
Do you find yourself lying to family and friends to hide the extent of your gambling activities?
Lying to your friends and family to hide your gambling activities is a symptom of a gambling problem. Lying can come in the form of making excuses why you cannot come to work or spend time with family at home. It may also be that you’ve begun to be secretive about your finances as most of your money is spent on gambling activities.
Do you gamble when you want to escape problems or relieve yourself of depression?
Problems at home or work can trigger a gambling addiction. The odds of winning it big at the casino can give you a rush of adrenaline that allows you to escape feelings of stress and anxiety. Being in the casino and socializing with other people may also be a way to overcome isolation and feelings of depression. Unfortunately, gambling doesn’t address your problems and will only exacerbate your situation.
These are just among the many questions that can help you realize the need for gambling addiction treatment. Realizing and accepting that you have a gambling problem are just part of the first step. As a form of impulse control disorder, gambling addiction can be very difficult to overcome on your own. This is why we at Williamsville Wellness open our doors to provide the professional help you need to address the sources of your addiction and set you on the path towards recovery.