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Gambling is often glorified in our culture today. Movies and tv shows portray gamblers as powerful, wealthy, and satisfied, when this is sometimes far from the truth.

Gambling, like so many other activities in today’s world, can become addicting after just a few exposures. In our fast-paced world filled with instant gratification, many people are getting caught up with addictions. Gambling addiction is becoming a huge problem among college students, with an estimated 11% suffering with serious gambling addiction, although it can affect any age.

Gambling is like a Drug

Gambling addiction is very similar to drug addiction. A person experiences a feeling of euphoria from winning, which makes them want to gamble some more. The thrill of winning for a gambler can be just as powerful as a high for a drug addict. It leaves them wanting more. Other people that compulsively gamble do so in an effort to win back what they’ve lost. “Just one more time” goes through a gambler’s head over and over while they dwindle away their money.

Just like substance abuse, gambling can totally take over a person’s life. They become preoccupied with it, and it takes priority over other, more important things in their life, including family and work. Intense cravings lead them to spend more time and money than they should on gambling, usually at the expense of things that used to really matter to them.

The Hidden Addiction

Gambling is often called the hidden addiction, because you can’t detect it in a person’s body. While it affects their entire life and thinking, some gamblers are able to hide it from even loved ones for some time. Gambling addiction is also not viewed as being a serious addiction by many. But just because there is not a physical substance being craved by the body doesn’t mean it isn’t dangerous. Any addiction that disrupts a person’s life is serious, and they may need professional help for it.

Compulsive gamblers can suffer from a number of other problems stemming from their addiction. Substance abuse and mental illness are both common for gambling addicts. The gambling problem can quickly lead to other problems, such as unemployment, bankruptcy, and crime.

Help for Gamblers

There is help for those with a gambling problem. Treatment is very similar to that for substance abuse. With the help of a counselor and therapy a person can overcome this addiction. Support groups and follow up treatment are useful to help a person maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Gambling should be treated with care. A person that wants to gamble recreationally should set limits of both time and money for this activity. Then they should be certain to stick to the limits, because it is easy to fall prey to this addiction.


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MikeNovember 24, 2009 at 7:16 amReply

thanks for the post.
Yes, you are 100% right about the glorification of gambling and its many draws, so to speak. The good thing, just like with alcohol and drugs, there are facilities to help.

IndeedJuly 13, 2010 at 11:07 amReply

good article. I could compare the glorification of gambling with the same powerful glorification of marijuana ! i hate that all the shows, all vip’s and everybody talks about this stuff like it;s something good. Damn, i went to hospital ( several times :) ) cos of that !
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