When Gambling Becomes A Problem


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When Gambling Becomes A Problem

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