January 5, 2016

There is Poker, there is Roulette and there are a million other games that can get you drooling and opening your wallets to put on the table whatever money you’ve got. The problem with gambling is the risk it involves. It is also the driving thrill of the game. Many people term it as a psychological illness because of its addictive nature.

Gambling Downside

The reason for the addiction is the occasional win. Gambling makes you believe that your win is just one chance away, so you end up believing in the certainty of winning when the game is really based upon the opposite.

The term for someone who constantly itches to gamble is Ludomania. This is still kind of obsession that you can get rid of with some difficulty. Although it is nowhere close to what is known in medical terms as pathological gambling. When you are a pathological gambler, gambling is what you think about all the time. Pathological gamblers play the game knowing well in advance the slim chances of them winning. Every loss urges you to play more to win your money back. It is a vicious cycle.

Gambling incessantly and losing money at the same pace makes illegal activities tempting. Before they know it, pathological gamblers are tumbling down the flight of stairs breaking all things and eventually themselves in the way. Fraud and forgery is common among them.

In a situation like this when the person is deep in debt, reaching out for financial aid of friends and family only helps in bringing the whole house down. A situation like this results in bankruptcy. As a pathological gambler, you’re risking your support and security, even your relationships. Most gamblers destroy their relationships in this process and have to see the pain of divorce.

The way out of this poisonous addiction is to speak about it. Whether you speak with those you are close to, an older person who you usually turn to for advice or a counsellor, find someone to discuss the details of everything that is going on in your head. Speaking up about what you are are going through, in most situations, helps you let it relieve from your system. Solutions come pouring in not just from those around you but also from your own self. The best way to get out of a situation like this is to slowly and steadily work towards changing your habits. You can also find substitutes for your addiction. Set up friendly matches at home with family or find games online that will not just give you the same rush of the game but also keep you away from emptying your pockets.   

Gambling has a tendency to take over people’s lives if dealt with carelessness. Control can only begin with you. Involve friends and family, not in paying your debts but in helping you get rid of your addiction. Chart your progress and share it with your loved ones for encouragement.

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