Gambling addiction, also called compulsive or pathologic gambling, is an incessant urge to gamble which the individual has no control over. Despite the desire not to gamble the individual is unable to stop and as a result they are faced with resulting negative impacts on their life. This issues is an compulsive disorder and addicts usually require help to stop. Even if the individual is not completely out of control they may still have a problem with gambling.
Preoccupations about gambling, hiding or lying about gambling, stealing or borrowing money for gambling, missing work or other life events to gamble, feelings of guilt, placing increasingly large stakes as well as feeling restless or angry when not gambling are all warning signs that an individual may have a gambling problem or addiction. Seeing qualified therapists for addiction therapy can help individuals with handling a gambling addition and with making positive changes.
Causes of Gambling addiction
Gambling addiction can form from the mental “euphoria” related to winning. This mental “high” causes a strong urge to repeat the activity and experience the same feeling again. When you gain enjoyment from these feelings it can create a strong desire to repeat the activity which can lead to forming a habit. When a habit forms it can become incredibly hard to stop which can leads to addiction.
Another aspect of having an addiction is that stopping or quitting the habit can cause withdrawal symptoms. These withdrawal symptoms can be physically and mentally unpleasant which makes continuing the habit and giving in to your craving seem easier.
How addictions affect you
Attempting to manage an addiction can seriously damage your work life and relationships. With addictions relating to substance misuse the addiction may have serious psychological and physical effects on the person addicted. Often an addict uses their addiction as a shield against difficult issues or emotions. Various factors can trigger addictions such as emotional or professional pressure, unemployment and poverty.