Are you a gambling addict0 comments
- Have you spent more time gambling than planned?
- Do you sometimes gamble by yourself as opposed to only doing so when out with your friends?
- Is gambling a primary form of socialization?
- Have you ever ‘accidentally’ gambled away all your money?
- Do you tend to set strict limits on the amount that you will gamble?
- Are you able to adhere to your strict limits on how much you will gamble?
- How much are you affected by your wins and losses?
- Over the course of the last few months, have your bets become larger ?
- Have you ever gambled as a way to feel better?
- Do you feel bored when you are not gambling?
- After gambling, how frequently do you feel remorseful?
- How frequently do thoughts of gambling disrupted your concentration or sleep?
- Do you gamble to win back losses?
- Have you gambled using your credit card, bank loans etc.?
- Have you gamble with money that was already spoken for - meaning, the money was supposed to pay your bills (e.g. electric bill, child support, rent etc).
- Are you unable to stop gambling?
- Have you thought about stealing money from friends, family, professional colleagues, stores or work?
- Have you taken money that wasn’t really yours to take?
- Are you depressed, sad, lonely, feeling guilty or have you ever had suicidal thoughts?
- Have you omitted information about your gambling habits to friends, family or co-workers?
- Have you minimized the amount that you gamble or think about gambling to friends, family or co-workers?
- Is your gambling habit a secret? Do you minimize the amount and / or frequency that you gamble?
- Have you ever gambled as a way to quickly earn money to meet your financial obligations?
If you have answered yes to any of these questions than you may have a gambling problem. We strongly encourage you to seek help. An outsiders opinion can help you determine the severity of the issue (self-help books, self-help groups, friends and families and professional help). Gambling Addictions, left untreated are a progressive disease that can deplete your savings, ruin relationships and cost you more than you had to give. Help is available. You do not have to do it alone.