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Gambling (Overview)

Gambling refers to betting. Some people are considered to be addicted to gambling.


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I just admitted to myself I have a gambling issue- what do I do now?

I just admitted to myself I have a gambling issue- what do I do now?

Counselor: Get a counselor that specialzes in this particular addiction to help you with coping strategies. ...Read more

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Dr. Keith Josephs
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Gambling (Overview)

Gambling refers to betting. Some people are considered to be addicted to gambling.


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Which types of gambling cause the most problem gambling?

Which types of gambling cause the most problem gambling?

All of them: Any form of gambling can be problematic depending on how much of a "gambler" you are; and the depths of your pockets. My advise is to avoid these activities all together...It ends up being a lot cheaper in the long run. ...Read more

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I don't enjoy gambling anymore but can't stop, what can I do?

I don't enjoy gambling anymore but can't stop, what can I do?

Gambling addiction: The gambling has become an addiction and you need professional help to get the addiction off your back. Talk with your family doctor to discuss rehab specialists. Start reading books re: addiction. As gambling goes hand in hand with alcohol addiction, you may get help by attending aa and doing the 12 steps of aa. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my bf has a gambling problem?

How can I tell if my bf has a gambling problem?

Life interference: If gambling interferes with his o interpersonal relationships than he has a problem. ...Read more

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Isn't problem gambling really just a financial problem?

Hmm: If you live in complete isolation without any loved ones. Then maybe it could be just a financial problem for you. If this is not the case probably best to ask the loved ones what kind of problem they think it is. ...Read more

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I can't stop gambling, even when I win I won't leave and just want to bum out, what can I do?

I can't stop gambling, even when I win I won't leave and just want to bum out, what can I do?

Get help: Gambling is an addiction that is very similar to alcohol and drug addiction. Gamblers anonymous meetings are widely available and may be found in your area. Professional help through counseling and even medications may be helpful in stopping. Your family may benefit from getting family therapy for their own issues with your gambling, whether you know they have them or not.See an addiction expert. ...Read more

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Is it the challenge or risk that is addictive in gambling?

Is it the challenge or risk that is addictive in gambling?

Fear of loss: Great question. Nobel prize winning research shows that it's the fear of loss. Sounds contradictory, right? What happens is that losing some, people won't accept the loss and keep going to make up their losses. As gambling is by design a losing game (winning for house and zero sum), losses run and worsen the cycle. ...Read more

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My father has terrible gambling problems that are destroying our family, what should I do?

My father has terrible gambling problems that are destroying our family, what should I do?

See below : If you are under 18 yrs old talk to a trusted authority figure, your doctor or school counselor. This may sound hard to do but it may allow you and your dad to get the help you need. Sounds like he has no control and needs intervention. Very unlikely you can stop it by just talking to him. He is very ill right now and needs help. ...Read more

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