By: Shera.P

Gambling Addiction


  - Also referred to as the “hidden illness” because there are no obvious symptoms             - Gamblers usually deny the fact that they have a problem                                                           - Gamblers try very hard to hide their gambling problem from others                                       - Detach themselves from the family or any close relationships                                                 - Sneaking around and lying occur frequently                                                                                 - Try to gamble even though you know you don’t have any money                                             - When you start borrowing money from friends, family, and even strangers                          - Using gambling as an excuse to get away from reality and forget everything


Every person is different and we all have different obstacles to go through, so there is not just one cause for why compulsive gambling begins. Although some of the common causes include:
- using gambling as a way to make quick money
- because it’s a good distraction from emotional/ physical issues
- some like the thrill/ rush that comes along with gambling
- some like the social status that comes along with being a successful gambler

Impact on Life:

How Family is affected:

  • Most families suffer money problems
  • Loss of money can cause savings, property, and belongings to be taken away
  • Loss of money is a big issue because it places the family in a difficult position without anywhere to go
  • loved one start to feel scared, angry and betrayed

Emotional problems:

  • The addiction causes both the family and the person with the addictions tho feel emotionally unstable
  • Gambling can push people out of your life because others feel angry and hurt around you
  • The person with the addiction has a difficult time as well because they lack the love and support from their families
  • Emotional problems can make it more difficult to solve problems that occur within the family

Poor Physical Health:

  • gambling causes poor sleep patterns
  • bowels, headaches, ulcers, muscles pain
  • you can have a poor diet because of all the attention the person is putting into this addiction

Job Life:

  • Gambling can take over your life so your job can be at major risk
  • all the time devoted to gambling can eventually lead to the loss of your job
  • since many gambling addicts lose their jobs it can put a lot of stress on the family to earn more money

Social Life:

  • Your social life is at a major risk with an addiction because most people wouldn't want to be around you
  • gambling can cause you to become more antisocial because you you don't want to share your addiction with others except for those who share you addiction

Support Systems:

Inpatient Rehabilitation Program:

  • this programs can help those who have severe addictions to gambling and cannot control it all          
  • the person stays in the facility starting from one month to a year dependent non the progress of the person

Outpatient Rehabilitation Program:

  • this program allows the person to still live at home and attend daily activities
  • includes going to classes at a facility, group sessions, and one- on- one therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy:

  • this method is used when the patient is in need of individual therapy
  • this therapy provides a place for the patient to open up and talk about all their problems


  • sometimes the addict suffers from mental health conditions that worsen the addiction
  • medication helps to manage the condition in order to help with impulse control

12- Step Program:

  • This program helps addicts to accept responsibility for their behaviours and learn to change.
  • more affordable treatment
  • helps patients to slowly transition back to daily life
  • helps to build a support network of recovered addicts
  • patients meet together in group sessions to talk


  • Over 80 percent of adults in America gamble on a yearly basis
  • Around 750,000 young people, ages 14 to 21 have a gambling addiction in America
  • 50 % of those who gamble commit crimes to support their gambling
  • College students are at double the risk of developing a gambling addiction than those who are not in a college setting

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