Gambling addiction is a real struggle for many. Statistics tells us that 2-3% of the US population suffers from it. It is estimated that $5 BILLION is spent every year on gambling activities in the US alone.
This week we are presenting you with questions each day that will help you assess if gambling is an issue for you or a loved one. Answering yes to several of these questions should alert you to seek help for this impulse control disorder before it becomes any more destructive in your life.
1. Have there ever been periods lasting two weeks or longer when you spent a lot of time thinking about your gambling experiences or planning out future gambling ventures or bets?
2. Have there ever been periods lasting two weeks or longer when you spent a lot of time thinking about ways of getting money to gamble with?
3. Have there ever been periods when you needed to gamble with increasing amounts of money or with larger bets than before in order to get the same feeling of excitement?
Keep reading all week for more questions to assess gambling addiction. There is hope for a path to recovery... the first step is asking for help!
Source: NODS- DSM IV Gambling Screen
Written by Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC
Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC is a licensed therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Teri does virtual therapy for residents of Indiana and Florida using videoconferencing technology. Teri enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling. Teri also does family counseling and adolescent counseling.