Welcome to Gambling Addiction Help Perth WA
Gambling is one of the most destructive of human vices, as it presents the illusion of easy money yet can quickly lead to financial ruin. The odds are never in your favour whether it is sports betting, online gambling, or the casino. Gambling is a successful industry because the house always wins eventually.
- Why Can’t I Just Stop?
- How did this happen? I cant believe all the trouble I'm in.
- If I stop gambling now, Ill have to admit I'm a total loser. There's no way I can pay back all the money I owe.
- If I had the money to invest, I'm sure my luck would change. I just need one more win.
- Even if I had another win, I'd probably just lose it again.
- I can't face this mess alone, but I'm too embarrassed to ask for help.
- I should be able to solve my own problems. How could I be so stupid?
- I never thought it would get this bad.
Do any of those statements sound familiar? Most people with gambling problems say they lost control over how much time and money they spend gambling. Meanwhile, they ignored other responsibilities. They knew they had problems, but only gambling seemed important.
Many people who gamble excessively have mixed feelings about gambling. They know they are causing problems for the people they love. They may become anxious and unhappy, and often hate themselves. But the urge to gamble seems too great to resist. They feel they can’t give up on all the time, money and emotion they have put into gambling. They can’t accept that they will never win back what they have lost. Some people still believe their system will pay off, their luck will change or they are due to win. Others believe that continuing to gamble is the only way out of a situation they are ashamed about.
Other people promise to quit, but cant. They fear their loved ones will find them out. This drives them deeper into hiding and further into debt. They keep hoping a big win will end their problems. Once in a while they may win, which keeps their hope alive until the losses mount up again. If they quit now, they will feel like a loser. They will have to face all the problem gambling has caused.
If you are like most people who gamble excessively, you may have tried to cut down or stop many times. It is hard to change your gambling on your own. Counselling can help you find long-term solutions to your problems.
Problem gambling is not just about the loss of money, but how it can affect the person’s whole life. Gambling is a problem when it:
- interferes with work
- school or
- other activities
- Leads to emotional or physical health problems
- causes financial problems
- harms the family or other relationship
Recreational gambling versus problematic gambling
Recreational Gamblers will:
- Recreational gamblers play for entertainment
- They know that they are likely to lose
- Recreational Gamblers will have a budget and stick to it
- Hope to win but expect to lose
- Gamble with friends for limited periods
- Understand that it is just a gam
Problem Gamblers will
- Spend unlimited time and money.
- Experience financial problems.
- Chase their losses.
- Be pre-occupied with gambling.
- Lie to friends and family and deny the extent of the problem.
- Experience mood swings, depression, hopelessness.
Problem gamblers believe that they can forecast the outcome of a game. They think they can govern chance: if something has not happened for a long time it will eventually happen.
Problem gamblers spend more than they can afford to lose. It is no longer entertainment and it replaces all other interests in life. There are family problems due to arguments, lies and the gambler’s denial. It’s common to become depressed and experience feelings of shame and guilt. The gambler feels isolated and hopeless.
Assessing where you are now can help you make informed decisions about what to do next. It's a little like going on a diet and working out your starting weight. Are you ready to get the facts?
This self-assessment is known as the Problem Gambling Severity Index (PGSI). The PGSI is a reliable and standardised measure of at risk behaviour in problem gambling. It is a tool based on research on the common signs and consequences of problematic gambling. Take the test now and find out your profile.
Assessing where you are now can help you make informed decisions on what to do next. It's a little like going on a diet and working out your starting weight. Are you ready to get the facts?
Thinking over the last 12 months...
- Have you bet more than you could really afford to lose?
- Still thinking about the last 12 months, have you needed to gamble with larger amounts to get the same feeling of excitement?
- When you gambled, did you go back another day to try to win back the money you lost?
- Have you borrowed money or sold anything to get money to gamble?
- Have you felt you might have a problem with gambling?
- Has gambling caused you any health problems, including stress or anxiety?
- Have people criticised your betting or told you that you had a gambling problem, regardless of whether or not you thought it was true?
- Has your gambling caused any financial problems for you or your household?
- Have you felt guilty about the way you gamble or what happens when you gamble?
What Causes an Addiction to Gambling?
With the rise of the internet, many new addictions have been established, however gambling online is among one of the biggest addictions. Internet gambling can be described as continued gambling despite all of the negative consequences that goes along with it, such as losing. Gambling has been around for many years; however, after the rise of the internet in recent years, gambling has taken a turn and is now broadcasted all over the internet.
Many factors can contribute to a gambling addiction, including desperation for money, the desire to experience thrills and highs, the social status associated with being a successful gambler, and the entertaining atmosphere of the mainstream gambling scene. Unfortunately, once a gambling addiction takes hold, breaking the cycle is difficult. Severe addictions can take hold when someone feels desperate financially and wants to make back what they have lost. Once the person finally wins, while they may end up collecting a massive amount of money from that win, it is rarely enough to cover what has already been lost. Most gamblers never even come close to breaking even.
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