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Gambling Addiction

Unlike Alcohol and Drugs, Gambling Addiction can remain relatively hidden.  People may see glimpses of it but it rarely comes out until something major happens.  It is easy to see the effects of alcohol and drugs on someone but how do you spot a person who has just lost their wages or mortgage payment?  As a result the addiction can gather momentum unchecked and unchallenged only showing itself in a shocking way when the addict can no longer hold all the pieces together and everything collapses at once.  As shocking as it can be for those close to the addict, it can for the person in addiction be a relief and present an opportunity to get the professional help needed to address it.


When does Gambling move from being something fun and exciting to that of an Addiction?


As you are looking at this site you are wondering that for yourself, or maybe you already know.  


For me that line between recreation and addiction is crossed when:

  • You regularly gamble more than you had planned - money and time
  • You find yourself chasing your losses rather than cutting them
  • You borrow money to cover losses
  • You feel guilty, get angry with yourself or others
  • You start to go against your own values - steal, lie,etc
  • It starts consuming your life - when you are not gambling you are thinking about it, planning it
  • You become less involved with your family
  • You are on edge, anxious - maybe the only time you feel peace is when you are gambling
  • Despite all of these things you tell yourself next time will be different


These are just some of the many things that I experienced.  As a recovering Compulsive Gambler I know first hand what it is like to live in the madness, chaos, desperation and at times thrill and excitement that Compulsive Gambling can bring.  


I also know the immense emotional pressure that comes with it.  To be surrounded by family yet feel totally alone - angry and depressed, full of self hatred and fear, knowing things were out of control but being powerless to do anything about it.  All the time wearing a mask pretending everything was ok.


It was not until I sought professional help that I was able to recognise, understand and change these things.  I was able to take back control, something I hadn't had for many years.


Counselling worked for me and it can work for you if you are Ready and Willing to face it.    

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