Drug abuse and addiction / Category / Emile Du Toit / May 5th 2014
Gambling addiction, or compulsive gambling is a behavioural addiction. Gambling addiction differs from gambling in the same way that controlled drinking differs from alcoholism. In gambling addiction, like any other addiction, gambling has reached a point where it is out of control, despite the damages being caused through the compulsive gambling.
Did you know that Americans annually spend more money on legal forms of gambling than on movies, music, sporting events, theme parks and video games combined!
Gambling revenue is a $73 billion+ industry nationwide, and approximately 3 million adults meet the criteria for pathological gambling each year.
The American Psychiatric Association defines pathological gambling as having five or more of the following symptoms:
Compulsive gambling is a serious disorder, as exhibited by extraordinarily high rates of suicide, severe depression, alcohol abuse and crime.
Specific consequences of compulsive gambling may include the following:
Gambling addiction, like most other addictions is best treated by inpatient or outpatient addiction treatment. Because the dynamics of addiction are the same it shares a strong commonality with drug addictions and gamblers normally frequent the same rehabs.
Many compulsive gamblers also have to pursue additional actions such as seeing a psychologist, getting themselves banned from casino’s so it makes relapse more difficult, restricting internet access or access to bank or credit cards, getting legal and financial advice and attending Gamblers Anonymous.
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