Online Gambling Addiction
Online gambling addiction is a serious condition that can affect anyone from any background. If you suspect you or someone you know suffers from unhealthy gambling habits, there are resources that you can contact to get help. You can get help for yourself or someone else and remain completely anonymous if you wish.
One does not have to gamble every day to have a problem with online gambling. It can happen every day or once a year – if it causes problems then it’s a problem. In any case, there are millions of people out there with gambling problems and there are many resources that can make a difference.
Online Gambling Addiction Resources
The following resources are the best places to contact if you or someone you know may have a gambling problem.
National Council on Problem Gambling
The National Council on Problem Gambling is a large organization that is dedicated to ending gambling addiction and problem gambling. They have an anonymous hotline that can be called 24 hours a day:
Gamblers Anonymous is a 12-step group therapy organization. This is a very well respected organization that has helped countless people around the world. Their phone number is:
More Online Gambling Addiction Resources
This page has a great list of useful links related to problem gambling. There are many resources out there, so there is no reason for anyone to have to deal with this problem alone.
Signs of Online Gambling Addiction
Online gambling addiction doesn’t always have a clear set of symptoms. It can be a sneaky, nefarious condition that even problem gamblers themselves do not recognize. Affirmative answers to the following questions do not necessarily guarantee there is a gambling problem, but they do indicate that something is amiss.
Questions to ask yourself:
- Do I have trouble controlling my gambling?
- Do I often gamble for longer than I intended?
- Do I ever spend more money gambling than I intended?
- Have I ever spent money gambling that was earmarked for other uses?
- Do I ever feel the need to hide my gambling activity?
- Have other people ever asked me about my gambling habits?
- Have I ever gambled more to recover from gambling losses?
- Have I ever borrowed money to gamble?
- Do I ever gamble to cope with stress or escape?
- Have I ever lost sleep due to gambling
- Have I ever felt suicidal due to gambling?
- Have I ever missed work or school due to gambling?
- Do I ever find myself rationalizing my gambling habits?
- Has gambling ever caused arguments between myself and others?
Indicators of gambling problems in others:
- Person is defensive about his or her gambling habits
- Person has suddenly become secretive about money and financial matters
- Money or other valuables are suddenly turning up missing
- Person’s gambling habits have caused arguments
- Person has become withdrawn and/or depressed
- Person has mentioned wanting to stop gambling
- Person disappears for periods of time with no explanation
- Loss of interest in hobbies, friends, work or family
- Person lies about gambling expenses or financial matters in the home
Remember that neither of these lists is 100% complete. Gambling addiction can take many forms and it can be very difficult to detect. However, if any of these questions fit you or someone you know, we recommend that you contact any of the gambling resources listed above. There is nothing to be ashamed of in seeking help and advice for a potential gambling problem.