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  • What is an gambling addiction
    • Addiction to gambling is another behaviour with a knock-on effect that puts lives at risk. As with most addiction cycles, the gambling addict’s actions harm the lives of those around them, damaging relationships and leaving a trail of financial ruin. Lying, chasing the ‘rush’ of the next wager and turning to illegal acts to recover debts are just some signs that you have a problem.
  • Am I addicted to gambling?
    • Do you find it virtually impossible to stop gambling no matter how many financial, professional and personal problems arise as a result of your pathological urge to gamble? This addiction insidiously takes control of you until it has affected every aspect of your life. Do you find you need to gamble more frequently or make larger wagers to feel that rush? If you’ve lied about it, put your family’s well-being at risk, felt withdrawal when unable to gamble, suffered severe financial difficulties and are always preoccupied with gambling, you are an addict and we advise you to seek help.

  • Side effects of gambling addiction
    • While in the grip of addiction, gambling addicts descend steadily and progressively into problem gambling and ultimately pathological gambling. This disorder can be as overpowering and incapacitating as addiction to drugs or alcohol. When debts build up and pressure from bookies and loan sharks becomes too much, people turn to risky behaviours like theft or selling drugs. This is an impulse control addiction that wreaks havoc in people’s lives. Side-effects like depression, anxiety or self-harm are common. These psychological symptoms can result in other addictive patterns in order for the gambler to cope; they often turn to alcohol or drugs to self-medicate the feelings of overwhelming stress. Needless to say an addiction to gambling can permanently damage relationships.

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Types of Addictions

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