Addiction is a chronic mental condition that takes over your life and destroys relationships. It is also extremely difficult to overcome, but not impossible; there is always hope.
Gambling addiction is a problem that is on the rise in the United States. According to an article on the Addictions website, “as many as 750,000 young people, ages 14 to 21 have a gambling addiction.” It also states that, “on average, an estimated 50 percent of those affected by gambling problems commit crimes in order to support their addiction.” Gambling problems should not be taken lightly. They can lead to a lot of other harmful behaviors. Learning the warning signs and how to support those afflicted with the problem could help you or a loved one get the help they need before it’s too late.
The Warning Signs Of Gambling Addiction
Unlike drug or alcohol addiction, problem gambling does not have obvious mental or physical symptoms, so it is sometimes hard to identify. This being said, there are a few ways to tell if you or a loved one are experiencing an unhealthy addiction to gambling.
- Unexplained absences from school, work, or other responsibilities
- Talking or thinking about gambling constantly
- Borrowing or stealing money
- Unpaid bills, calls or visits from bill collectors
- Withdrawing physically and emotionally from friends and family
- Use of other drugs, substances
Gambling problems are also commonly associated with mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, and substance abuse disorders. If you are a loved one is experiencing any of these signs, it might be time to intervene and suggest a treatment plan.
If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction and need help, contact us today at 1(800) 216-1840. At Compass Recovery Centers, we offer personalized treatment programs. They will help get you or your loved one back to their lives, free from the chains of addiction.