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When Gambling Becomes A Problem

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  • 1. When Gambling Becomes A Problem Content: What Is Problem Gambling The Three Stages Of Gambling Addiction What Are The Signs Of Problem Gambling Is Gambling Addiction Treatable Where To Seek Help
  • 2. What Is Problem Gambling
    • Problem gambling or gambling addiction is a progressive disease similar to addiction to alcohol or drugs.
    • Persons with a gambling addiction have difficulty controlling their gambling behavior, even when it has serious negative consequences for them and their families.
    • Their gambling behaviour increases over time, both in frequency and amount wagered
  • 3. The Three Stages Of Gambling Addiction
    • The Winning Phrase: The person starts gambling as a social pastime, experiences the euphoria of winning and this fuels further gambling behaviour.
    • The Losing Phrase: The person starts to lose control and becomes impulsive. He tries to win back all his loses. If losses accumulate, he will lie and cover up to escape detection.
  • 4. The Three Stages Of Gambling Addiction
    • The Desperate Phrase: at this phrase, life is out of control as looses becomes unmanageable. Gamblers feel powerless, remorseful and desperate.
  • 5. What Are The Signs Of Problem Gambling
    • How does one know if he is merely gambling socially or has he fallen into gambling addiction? These are some signs to look out for:
    • Gambling longer than intended
    • Gambling until the last dollar is spent
    • Thoughts of gambling losses cause e.g. loss of sleep, depression or even suicide
  • 6. What Are The Signs Of Problem Gambling
    • Using income or savings to gamble while letting bills go unpaid.
    • Repeated but unsuccessful attempts to give up or control gambling
    • Borrowing money to finance one’s gambling needs
  • 7. Is Gambling Addiction Treatable
    • The good news is that people do not recover from gambling addiction. Recover begins with a desire to change
    • The person with a gambling addiction is more likely to stay away from gambling with the right support.
    • It is not a sign of weakness to ask for help. Honesty and consistency are key factors in recovering.
  • 8. Where To Seek Help
    • If you have friends or families at risk, don’t give up on them. Help is available.
    • Community Addictions Management Program (CAMP) : 6389-2387/6389-2389
    • Thye Hua Kuan Moral Society: 1800-X-Gamble (1800-9-426253)
    • Care Corner Counseling : 6353-1180 (to call for appointment)
  • 9. Acknowledgements
    • The information is produced by the National Council on Problem Gambling , Singapore
    • For more information, please visit www.ncpg.org.sg