There is a discussion taking place in the Casino Gambling Forum as to whether the casinos should be held responsible for gambling addicts by providing safeguards to prevent gamblers from gambling away all of their money. While reading the posts in the forum I realized that gambling addiction is an important subject that I had never addressed.
The casino is an exciting place to visit. Players visit the casino for different reasons. Some take the time to learn the skills needed to play the games with the primary goal of winning money. The majority of players visit the casino for entertainment. Playing the games is an enjoyable experience and the lure of winning money adds to the player's excitement. Some players enjoy the adrenaline rush and experience a high that accompanies the thrill when they risk their money on the games. For some this feeling can be seductive and alluring and a minority of players succumb to the darker side of gambling, addiction.
Addiction is a compulsive need. What starts as a pleasurable experience turns into an uncontrollable destructive craving. Some people become addicted to alcohol, drugs sex, food and gambling. When the thrill of the game outweighs everything else the player has crossed over the line from player to addict. Gambling, like all addictions can be devastating for the person and his family.
Gamblers Anonymous has a list of Twenty Questions for anyone who feels they may have a gambling problem. With their permission I am reprinting them. I urge everyone to take a moment to read through the list of questions.
Some times people think they may have a problem and after they read the questions they realize that they do. If you or someone you love has a problem there are resources available no matter where you live. I have collected some links to resources on the Internet. In the left column on the home page you will see a new subject entitled "Problem Gambling." You will find several links there to organizations that can supply help and information for anyone affected by gambling addiction.
With any type of addiction the addict must admit that they have a problem. Many addicts are in denial of their problem. If you know someone who is addicted to gambling but refuses to help themselves there are organizations that can help you. The About Alcoholism site has many links to resources for families of gambling addicts.
When it becomes more than a game it is time to get help.
Links to Helpful Resources
Until next time, remember:
"Luck comes and goes...Knowledge stays forever."