Signs Of A Problem Gambler


Is someone you know…?

 

  • Preoccupied with gambling (i.e. reliving past gambling experiences, planning the next venture, or thinking of ways to get money with which to gamble).

 

  • Secretive about his/her gambling habits, and defensive when confronted.

 

  • Increasing bet amounts when gambling in order to achieve the desired excitement (high).

 

  • Trying unsuccessfully to control, cut back, or stop gambling.

 

  • Restless or irritable when not gambling.

 

  • Gambling to escape problems.

 

  • “Chasing” losses with more gambling

 

  • Lying to family and others about the extent of gambling.

 

  • Committing crimes to finance gambling.

 

  • Jeopardizing or losing relationships, jobs, education or career opportunities because of gambling.

 

  • Relying on others to bail him or her out to relieve a desperate financial situation caused by gambling.

 

If any of these statements sound like someone you know, that person may have a problem with gambling. Help is free, confidential, and it works.