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Compulsive Gambling – There are many myths that surround those who have a compulsion to gamble. Let us state some of these and give the associated facts.
We will also advise why help for this type of gambling must be found much sooner than later.
Myth: Only those who gamble day in and day out are the ones who have a real problem.
Fact: Many problem gamblers do not gamble every day. It is not so much the frequency of gambling, but the fact that when gambling begins it is not possible to stop. A person is a compulsive gambler if gambling is causing them problems.
Myth: My gambling is not a problem, I can afford it.
Fact: While financial ruin is a distinct possibility for those who are addicted to gambling, finance is not the only negative factor. A person who spends too many hours in the casino, or at the bookmakers is neglecting other responsibilities. This includes work obligations and more importantly family duties.
Additionally, the stress and strain a compulsive gambler places on themselves often leads to mental health problems such as severe depression and heightened anxiety.
Myth: Those who gamble are weak-willed, unintelligent and should know better.
Fact: An addiction to gamble is an illness than needs treatment. It can affect any man or woman from any walk of life. As for being unintelligent, the need to understand the mathematics of multiple-bets certainly calls for mental agility.
Myth: My partner is driving me to gamble.
Fact: This is a ready excuse used by compulsive gamblers. They try to rationalize their behaviour however possible. Using arguments or disagreement with a partner as an excuse to gamble is certainly not a valid one. The only thing this will do is drive a deeper rift between the gambler and their partner.
Myth: You should help a gambler pay of any debts accumulated.
Fact: This is not a sensible thing to do. In essence, you are letting the gambler off the hook. They need to understand the mounting problems their compulsive gambling is causing.
By helping them out financially you are giving them the opportunity to continue gambling as if nothing was wrong with the way they are acting.
Professional help is needed:
Any person with addiction will use denial as a strong weapon against admitting just how serious their problem is. It is imperative that this denial is ended.
A person that has a compulsive gambling problem will refuse to believe just how serious their problem is and therefore refuse to seek help.
It is imperative that those who are unable to control their gambling look to addiction counsellors for professional assistance.
This positive step will help a gambler understand the damage they are causing themselves and those closest to them. It will also put into context the huge problems continued gambling will cause.
Financial ruin can come very quickly, partners may well leave them out of frustration and despair, and mounting physical and mental health problems will affect their lifestyle in a variety of different ways.