Gambling treatment is available to those who need it. In many ways, it follows the same structure as treatment for drug addiction or other similar addictions. With gambling addiction there may be some underlining emotional reasons why the gambling activities have been allowed to be taken over. Support and treatment is also necessary as gambling addicts do often carry a great deal of guilt for what they have put their families through and how lives have changed since their addiction. Treatment help for gambling can help addicts can leave their compulsive behaviors behind and began to put their lives back together again.
20 Questions About Gambling Behavior
1. Did you ever lose time from work or school due to gambling?
2. Has gambling ever made your home unhappy?
3. Did gambling affect your reputation?
4. Have you ever felt remorse after gambling?
5. Did you ever gamble to get money with which to pay debts or otherwise solve financial difficulties?
6. Did gambling cause a decrease in your ambition or efficiency?
7. After losing did you feel you must return as soon as possible and win back your losses?
8. After a win did you have a strong urge to return and win more?
9. Did you often gamble until your last dollar was gone?
10. Did you ever burrow to finance your gambling?
11. Have you ever sold anything to finance gambling?
12. Were you reluctant to use "gambling money" for normal expenditures?
13. Did gambling make you careless of the welfare of yourself or your family?
14. Did you ever gambled longer than you planned?
15. Have you ever gambled to escape worry, trouble, boredom or loneliness?
16. Have you ever committed, or considered committing, an illegal act to finance gambling?
17. Did gambling cause you to have difficulty in sleeping?
18. Do arguments, disappointments or frustrations create within you an urge to gamble?
19. Did you ever have an urge to celebrate any good fortune by a few hours of gambling?
20. Have you ever considered self-destruction or suicide as a result of your gambling?
Most compulsive gamblers will answer yes to at least seven of these questions; consider seeking assistance from a professional regarding this gambling behavior by calling the Arkansas Gambling Helpline 1-800-522-4700.
* Source http://www.gamblersanonymous.org/20questions.html
Family Members, Friends and Others
To learn whether you are experiencing difficulties due to someone else’s gambling, answer the following:
1. Are you frustrated with someone in your life who is gambling?
2. Are you afraid of how gambling is affecting your life?
3. Are you having financial difficulties because of gambling?
4. Is someone you care about lying to you about gambling?
5. Do you feel helpless about gambling and not know what to do?
6. Do you want to change your life but don’t know how?
7. Do you feel emotionally detached due to gambling in your life?
8. Do you feel that all family or social activities revolve around gambling?
9. Are the issues of gambling making you feel depressed?
10. Do you feel physically ill when you think about your situation?
11. Do you feel pressure and stress because of gambling in your life?
12. Do you think about ending your marriage or relationship due to gambling?
13. Do you ever feel that the problems due to gambling are hopeless?
If the answer to one or more questions is “yes,” help is available. With appropriate support and assistance, loved ones can learn how to cope with the gambling problem. Don’t wait for the problem to get worse!