Gambling addiction symptoms and self-help
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Gambling addiction symptoms and self-help

Gambling addiction is referred to as a  hidden illness because there are no obvious physical signs or symptoms like there are in drug or alcohol. There are very less gamblers who identify their gambling addiction as they don’t focus upon this. If you love playing gambling games with and ignore everything whether it’s your studies or job then you have a gambling addiction. 

These are few signs which will tell you about the gambling addiction signs and symptoms:

  • Feel the need to be secretive  

You may be a gambler in secret or lie about how much you gamble. You might get feelings that others won’t understand you or that you will surprise them with a big win. You try to spend all the time and feel that it is a very comfortable place for you. 

  • Have trouble controlling your gambling 

You know once you start gambling then you can’t walk away. You may also be compelled to gamble until you have spent your last dollar. You can also start upping your bets in a bid to win lost money back. If you are doing any of these activities then you may have a gambling addiction. 

  • Gamble even when you don’t have the money 

You can feel that you are gambling until you have spent your last dollar and then move on to the money you don’t have. You start using the money that you save to pay bills, credit cards, or things for your children. You can also feel pushed to borrow, sell or even steal things for gambling money. 


  1. Learn to relieve unpleasant feelings in healthier ways 

You just have to notice whenever you gambler like after a busy and hectic day or when you feel bored. If you feel that gambling may be a way to self-soothe unpleasant emotions, unwind or socialize then you can replace it with the same effective activities like by outing with friends or join classes to improve your hobbies. 

  1. Strengthen your support network 

You can take the help of your family and friends as they will provide you numerous ways to make you busy. They know you very deeply and your interests as well. 

These are few points that will help you to identify the gambling addiction and overcome them. If you want to know more about it then do a little research on it and control your habit of gambling.