Many people gamble for different reasons, for some it is a recreational form of entertainment, for others it can be their livelihood, or a means of emotional relief and escape. When it becomes an addiction your life begins to fall apart. You get to the point where gambling consumes you, you keep playing and playing and hoping that you are going to leave with more money than you came with. Sometimes when you lose, you come back the next day to try and recoup your losses, usually it never works, you just keep losing more and more. Some people put great risks on the table, gambling their paychecks away. You know you have a big problem on your hands when you become behind on your bills, develop debt, start borrowing money from friends and family, taking out loans to pay your bills, and turn to crime to support your gambling habit.
The bright lights and sounds at the casino can attract many customers. You see the odd person winning the big jackpot, all the people who get excited when they win ten dollars, one hundred dollars, or even a thousand dollars. You want to be the next jackpot winner, you want to win enough money to do the things you have always wanted to do, sometimes when you are playing you actually win money but want to keep playing with the hopes of winning more and more. You get to the point where you cannot stop even when you are down to your last dollar, you still believe you are going to win it all back but you never recover. Most people after losing will feel horrible, depressed, and ready to give up on life. Some people feel like they are cursed and cannot understand why they have such bad luck. They wonder how some people are always winning when they are losing. It becomes a never-ending battle which at some point must come to an end.
Casino gambling or any other form of gambling is no longer fun if it is affecting your finances, relationships, work, or emotional wellbeing. The most important thing is to keep your head up and get help. It is hard to admit you have a problem and it is even harder to go for help. There are support groups and counselling services available that will help you but you need to be willing and open to re-condition your thinking.If you don’t want others to know that you are getting help or you feel embarrassed to attend counselling or support groups, there are some self -help treatment methods that you can explore to help you overcome your gambling addiction.