How do I know if I play too much?
Below we have listed statements taken from a renowned psychological research paper. If you find that one or more of these statements are true for you, you might have a gambling problem and we recommend that you seek professional help
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- You are preoccupied with gambling.
- You need to gamble with increasing amounts of money in order to achieve the desired excitement.
- You’ve repeated unsuccessful efforts to control, cut back, or stop gambling.
- You’re restless or irritable when attempting to cut down or stop gambling.
- You gamble as a way of escaping from problems or of relieving a dysphoric mood.
- You often return another day after losing money gambling, to get even (“chasing” one’s losses).
- You lie to family members, therapist, or others to conceal the extent of involvement with gambling.
- You’ve committed illegal acts such as forgery, fraud, theft, or embezzlement to finance gambling.
- You’ve jeopardized or lost a significant relationship, job, or educational or career opportunity because of gambling.
- You rely on others to provide money to relieve a desperate financial situation caused by gambling.
Are you worried that someone near to you is gambling too much?
On the right there is a list of warning signals and signs. Does this remind you of someone you know? At the bottom of this page you will find more information and contact details to professionals who work with gambling addiction.
More and more time is used to gamble and plan around playing. The person is preoccupied more often and prioritises gambling over things that used to be more important in the person’s life.
Money disappears from accounts, the person is borrowing money more often without being able to pay back, the person can have money problems or trouble paying the bills, even with a steady income.
The person is more worried than usual, more easily irritated and shows several signs of depression and anxiety.
It is not unusual that the person is becoming isolated from friends and relatives and avoids social activities.
Professional support and helplines
- GamCare is one of the leading international providers of information, advice, support and free counselling for the prevention and treatment of gambling problems. GamCare takes a non-judgemental approach to gambling. GamCare do not wish to restrict the choices or opportunities for anyone to operate or engage in gambling opportunities that are available legally and operated responsibly.
- Gambling Therapy is a global service offering free practical advice and emotional support to anyone affected by problem gambling. Gambling Therapy also offers a free app providing a collection of tools and information to help you identify and overcome problem gambling.
- GamTalk is a supportive community helping people with gambling issues share their experiences and ideas. If feel like you have problems with your gambling or you know someone who does, you can find help, support and information here.
- Gordon Moody Associationprovides advice, education and high quality innovative therapeutic support to problem gamblers and those affected by problem gambling, through residential, online and outreach services.
- Gamblers Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to do the same.
- Betfilter offers efficient software that prevents you from accessing gambling sites and online casinos. It’s simple to use and helps you by only blocking gambling sites and applications.