Consequences of Gambling Addiction
Gambling addiction can result in serious health and financial problems for the gamblers. It can affect the gamblers health, not only physically but emotionally and mentally. It can cause financial ruin and have serious impact on their family and friends. Gamblers who do not stop gambling may lose not only their jobs but may also lose their homes, loved ones and their close friends. Their lives may get completely out of control as they become addicted to gambling and they may become a danger not only to themselves but to their families, friends and also to the public. Gamblers sadly may end up stealing money from their friends and families to fund their gambling addiction and begin to mix only with people that are addicted to gambling. They may have difficulty in sleeping and become moody, anxious and depressed. The gamblers addiction to gambling begins to hurt themselves as well as their families and friends. The gamblers family and friends may feel vulnerable, distressed and powerless if they are unable to stop them from gambling. People addicted to gambling may have suicidal tendencies and this can be very distressing for their families and friends.
Gambling parents’ children will be deeply affected if their parents respond towards them in an angry, hurtful and verbally abusive manner. Children may be so scared of their gambling parents’ behaviour that they may not know where and who to turn to for help. Gambling parents may spend their money on their addiction rather than on their children.
Family and friends should not try to bail out the gamblers out of debt because that will not help them overcome their gambling addiction. Gamblers need to take responsibility of the fact that they have a addiction and that it is a very serious problem.
Help and Support
Gamblers who make the decision to find help and support for their addiction will have taken their first step to recovery. They will have found the strength within them to seek help and also realised that there is no quick fix solutions to their gambling addiction. They can get help and support by:
1.Seeking advice from their doctors who may refer them to a suitable counsellor or to a cognitive behavioural therapist.
2.Going to a gambling anonymous support group meeting.
3.Calling the national gambling problems help line.
4.Researching gambling addiction treatments such as hypnosis.
5.Reading self -help books.
Recovering gamblers should try to:
1.Spend their time with their loves ones and close friends and undertake social activities that they enjoy doing.
2.Refrain from socialising with friends who are addicted to gambling.
3.Get rid of or destroy their credit cards so that they are not tempted to spend on gambling.
4.Learn to relax to avoid stress.
5.Take up yoga or meditation classes.
6.Call someone who they trust implicitly if they have urges or craving to gamble.
7.Stay positive and eat healthy foods.
8.Go for long walks.
9.Plan social events.
10.Cook a meal for their families and friends.
11.Watch TV, listen to music and dance.
By doing the above mentioned activities, the recovering gambler will be able to lead a more balanced and fulfilling lifestyle.