These questions are designed to serve as a tool to see if further help is needed for gambling problems or an addiction. Yesterday we went over the first 3 questions, let's continue today in our self-examination: 4. Have you ever tried to stop, cut down, or control your gambling?
Did you have that internal thinking that "My gambling might be an issue", and as a result, tried to stop? Or, maybe you decided you would only gamble on the weekends, or on special events, or only on "little" bets (bets between friends, bets that "only" cost $5 or $20).
5. On one or more of the times when you tried to stop, cut down, or control your gambling, were you restless or irritable?
Did you notice that your efforts to quit resulted in feeling agitated or you were easily angered? Did you notice you had a shorter fuse (than you usually do) with family members or friends?
6. Have you ever tried BUT NOT SUCCEEDED in stopping, cutting down, or controlling your gambling?
Do you find that you have really great intentions but you're not able to follow through with quitting? Do you find yourself rationalizing why it's ok to pick back up with the gambling, despite your desire to stop?
If you find yourself saying "yes" to any of the above questions, please give us a call. If not us, then we encourage you to talk to a trusted pastor or therapist who can show you there is hope and healing from this addiction.
*Source: NODS- DSM IV Gambling Screen
Written by: Tamara Portee MA, LMHC, LCAC
*Tamara enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, & couples counseling at Imagine Hope. We also specialize in family counseling, child & adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Noblesville, Zionsville, Westfield & Fishers.