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What is Gambling Addiction

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Gambling is whenever a person places a bet, risking loosing money or personal possessions on a chance to win or loose. Gambling has long been an growing recreational activity in the United States with people playing lottery and scratch offs, Bingo, Track races, Casino Games and so on. There is gambling everywhere, for someone with problem gambling or compulsive gambling it can be difficult to avoid temptation, walking into a Convenient store there is Lottery and scratch offs.

Elements of Gambling

  • To gamble is to place something of valuable at risk.
  • To win or loose, the out come of the game is determined by chance.
  • There is no taking back bets once they have been placed.

Common types of Gambling

  • Many think of gambling only to be associated with casinos and racetracks, however there are many forms of gambling such as;
  • casino games
    • Craps
    • dice
    • slot machines
    • Roulette
    • Blackjack
    • Three Card Poker
  • bingo
  • lottery tickets
  • scratch or pull-tab tickets
  • betting on card games
  • betting on horse racing
  • betting on sports and games of skill
  • Internet gambling

What do people gamble?

Millions of people partake in gambling, all for this own reasons. They may enjoy the thrill or adrenalin rush they experience when placing a bet. People gamble with the intent to win money. Many enjoy gambling because it gives them the opportunity to socialize with others. Some just gamble as a way to pass time.

Many who gamble remain in full control, they can stop at any time. Others easily fall victim to temptation with gambling, loosing control and developing an addiction. With gambling growing in the United State there are more people developing gambling problems.

Do you have a gambling addiction?

There are two kinds of gambling addictions; problem gambling which is less severe and the person is still in control yet craves to gamble more regardless to the negative effects it have on their life and finances and compulsive gambling is the uncontrollable urge to gamble regardless to the negative effects it has on the individuals life or the lives of those closest to them.

If you feel you are loosing control or have lost control of yourself in regards to gambling you may have an addiction to gambling. There are many helpful options to help you over come this addiction. Self help groups, out patient and inpatient programs offer the support needed to stop gambling.