How to spot the signs of problem gambling
by Noel Kay
- 6 years ago
by Noel Kay
- 6 years ago
Know Your Limits: Spots the Signs of
Gambling is something that's difficult to
control for some people, but spotting the signs of a problem early can save you
from making big mistakes and losing control.
Anything that produces boosts of dopamine,
a key chemical in your brain associated with feeling reward, can become an
addiction. Since it obviously feels great to win, and it feels exciting to risk
money on an unknown outcome, a lot of dopamine can be released when gambling,
so it's something that people can become addicted to. While this only happens
to a very small percentage of people, it's important to know the signs
beforehand in case you find yourself going down that particular rabbit hole.
A Fundamental Approach to Identifying Problem Gambling
Gambling, like any other potentially
addictive behavior, becomes a problem whenever it becomes compulsive. There's a
very easy way to measure this so that you maximize your chances of being honest
with yourself, and it starts with bankroll management.
Setting limits for yourself is something
that all players of any type of gambling should do because it creates a clear line
so that you know when your gambling has gotten out of control.
There are a lot of tests out there that you can use to decide if your gambling is a problem, but it really only comes down to this one measure: You want to stop, and you can't. If that's the case, then you have a gambling problem and should seek help.
What to do if you develop a gambling
If you find yourself suffering from
compulsions to gamble, then it's time to seek help. Most casino support teams
will point you in the right direction if you just ask, and they're almost
always required to by their respective regulatory bodies. Alternatively, you
can go straight to the source by looking up local problem gambling support groups.
Gamblers Anonymous is the most popular one in the world, and they have meetings
and offices in several countries. Other groups are also available just
depending on where you're located, and a simple search engine query will help
you to find them.
There are also therapies available to help
people cope with the feelings that make them feel like gambling in the first
place. Sometimes it can be an outlet for built up stress or other issues going
on that can be resolved. No matter how you get help there is a wealth of
expertise and avenues you can go down to conquer the problem.