What is Gambling?
Gambling is when you risk money or something of value in order to win a prize. It can be in any form, including lotteries, betting on sporting events and playing poker.
The American Psychiatric Association (APA) defines gambling as any game or activity in which a person stakes something of value on an event that is determined at least in part by chance, and is based upon an agreement or understanding that they or someone else will receive something of value if the outcome is achieved. It includes casino games and sports betting, as well as lottery tickets and gambling on the Internet.
A person may gamble for many reasons, such as for entertainment, to relieve stress or to try to control a problem. But some people become addicted to gambling and need help to stop. They can also have other problems, such as depression or substance abuse, that are caused by their gambling habit.
Problem gambling can affect anyone, but some groups are more likely to be affected than others. These include adolescents, aging adults, veterans and Latino and Asian populations. Symptoms of gambling disorder can start as early as adolescence and can persist into adulthood.
Addiction is a serious mental illness that can be treated with therapy and support from friends and family. It can be treated by a number of different techniques, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), psychotherapy and group therapy.
If you think you may have a gambling problem, or if you know of someone who does, contact us. We can provide you with advice and help to get started on the road to recovery.
Do you feel compelled to keep gambling even when you have a negative financial situation? Does gambling interfere with your work, school or social life? Does your gambling make you feel depressed or anxious? Do you have self-destructive thoughts when you are gambling?
Your friends and family may be concerned about your gambling. They may have noticed changes in your behaviour, such as your spending habits or the amount of time you spend at the casino. They may even be aware of your losses.
You may be able to solve your problems with gambling by learning about the risks and making some changes in how you play. For example, you might choose to bet lower amounts of money or avoid casinos altogether. You might even learn about safe gambling strategies to ensure you don’t get addicted.
A person with a gambling problem should not continue to gamble and should seek treatment before they have a serious underlying problem. A professional who has experience in treating gambling disorders can offer a range of treatments to help you recover from your addiction.
The APA recognizes that there are several different types of gambling problems. Some are more common than others, but all can be very dangerous if left untreated.
Some of these problems can be treated, while others require longer-term therapy. The right treatment will depend on the severity of the addiction and the type of gambling.