Gambling Addiction

Problem gambling, compulsive gambling, pathological gambling, casinos, poker, blackjack, online gambling

Appropriate Support and Confrontation

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After having many years of support group experience in a leader capacity I have learned a few things about appropriate support and confrontations. Many of the situations I dealt with were life and death and loss of a loved one for many reasons including addictions of all sorts. So even though I'm on the other side of the fence right now, I still have the knowledge to be able to relate this information to this group, so it can be more functional. I can hear a lot of frustration in some of the posts right now... so without having to address each and everyone of these...

Gamblers Anonymous versus Self-Help Debate

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"Every human being is the author of their own health or disease." ~Buddha~

How instrumental is Gamblers Anonymous in overcoming gambling addiction? Is it more effective than self-help? Is Gamblers Anonymous considered self-help?
What works for you?

Gambling is a Drug

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"Gambling is an addictive behavior, make no mistake about it . . . Gambling has all the properties of a psychoactive substance, and again, the reason is that it changes the neurochemistry of the brain." --The American Psychiatric Association

Gambling Addiction Images

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"Well, now, if I take the money out of VISA and pay MasterCard, tell my bank my paycheck will be late, borrow from...this might work."

"I'm gonna get that casino back when I get my next paycheck. They'll pay for taking my money. I've got a new system. Heh heh."

"What was that? I'm how many months late on what bill? I can't hear you. The slot machines are too loud."

"Twenty minutes ago I was even. My gambling system doesn't seem to be working."

Don't gamble on your future

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My sons, both of whom are in their 20's, have recently discovered poker. Since they were raised in a non-gambling home (I have never even bought a lottery ticket), this astounds me.

More and more young people are now gambling and it generally starts innocently and in subtle ways. It is becoming socially acceptable to participate in 50-50 draws, casino nights, and afternoon poker games.

While most teens start to gamble just "for fun," some will end up with a serious gambling problem and it can easily become an addictive pastime.

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