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.