GamblingCommission.org Discussion Forum:Players Help Players
GamblingCommission.org Discussion Forum:Players Help Players
- Do You Know A Problem Gambler?
- Someone Who:
seems to gamble too much?
- gambles when on a winning streak?
- gambles when on a losing streak (called “chasing your losses”)?
- misses work or school because of gambling?
- bets more than they mean to?
uses money needed for food, or rent, or bills?
- borrows money or sells things in order to gamble?
- lies, cheats, or “borrows” money not their own?
- commits crimes because of gambling?
- neglects family and friends in order to gamble?
- has lost loved ones because of gambling?
- is depressed because of their gambling?
- has considered or attempted suicide as a result of their gambling problem?
WORRIED ABOUT GAMBLING?
Gambling problems can affect ANYONE:
men, women, children, teens, seniors, the classroom and the workplace.If you recognize a problem . . .Help is Available.
DO YOU HAVE A GAMBLING PROBLEM?
To find out, answer these questions with a simple yes or no. If you
are not sure, the answer is probably ” yes”.
1. Do you use gambling
as a way to relieve depression or to escape your problems?
2. When you
are playing are you reluctant to stop, whether you are winning or losing?
3. Are you betting more than you mean to?
4. Have you neglected family,
school, or work responsibilities because of gambling?
5. When you try to
attempt to cut down or stop gambling, do you feel restless or irritable?
6. Has your gambling caused you to jeopardize or even lose important
WHAT IS YOUR SCORE?
If you answered “yes” to one
or more of the above, you are probably in danger of becoming a problem
Be honest with yourself.
It takes courage to face the
fact that you may be developing a gambling addiction.
For some people, gambling can become a
problem. If it is not dealt with, the condition can progress until it
destroys a person, both financially and personally. Your gambling will
eventually devastate not only you, but also your friends and your family!
Already, it is seriously affecting others in your life.
TO GET HELP
Only YOU know if you have a gambling problem.
If you do, you are not morally weak. You have an illness–one that can be
treated, if you are willing to admit it and seek help. Gambling CAN be a
matter of life or death.
If you do want to stop gambling, help is
There are self-help programs such as Gamblers-Anonymous.
There are also other treatment programs that make it possible for you to
stop, and remain stopped, from gambling and destroying your life.
are not alone. Get help NOW for yourself, and for your family.
WHAT IS PROBLEM GAMBLING?
What Is Problem Gambling?
1. Do your friends gamble a lot?
you gamble at school?
3. Have you ever stayed away from school or work to
4. Do you feel now that gambling is more important than school or
5. Do you often spend your free time involved in gambling
activities such as poker, sports-betting, dice, etc.?
6. Do you find
gambling to be the most exciting activity you do?
7. When you are
gambling, do you lose track of time and forget about everything else?
Do you often daydream about gambling?
9. Do you feel your friends are
envious of you when you win and that you get extra attention because of
10. When you do win, do you want to return as soon as possible
because you believe you are on a “winning” streak?
11. When you lose, do
you feel you must play as soon as possible to win back your losses?
Do you often gamble with money you originally intended to use for other
things like lunch, bus money, clothing, CDs, etc.?
13. Do you ever
“borrow” money from someone without asking, in order to gamble?
you ever sold a favourite possession or something very special to you to get
money to gamble or to pay a gambling debt?
15. Do you try to prevent your
family and friends from knowing how often and how much you gamble?
you ever lie about your gambling (e.g. telling people that you did not
gamble, or that you had won when in fact you had lost)?
17. Do you get
into arguments with your family or friends because of gambling?
you lose sleep or feel guilty because you have lost money gambling?
Have you ever thought of suicide as a way of solving your problems?
Does one or both of your parents do a lot of gambling?
Developed by Durand F. Jacobs, PhD for Brown UniversityGambling problems
can affect anyone, no matter your age, your education level, or your income.
Anyone who plays can become addicted. Gambling addiction is a progressive
illness that can lead quickly to financial and personal ruin.But if you do
have a gambling problem, it is not because you are weak-willed. You have an
illness, an illness that can be treated. HELP IS AVAILABLE. With help, you
can stop gambling, and stay stopped. You are not alone. Get help now for
yourself and for your family.Don’t let gambling cheat you out of your youth.
Be a real winner!
Take back your
Self scoring guide:
YES 3 – 4 times:
Time to wonder if your
gambling is getting out of hand.
YES 5 – 7 times:
You are losing
control over your gambling.
YES more than 7:
Seek help immediately
for what is clearly a problem.
Are You Living With A Compulsive Gambler?(questions developed by GamAnon)
1. Do you find yourself constantly bothered by bill collectors?
2. Is the
person in question often away from home for long, unexplained periods of
3. Does this person ever lose time from work due to gambling?
you feel that this person cannot be trusted with money?
5.Does the person
in question faithfully promise that he/ she will stop gambling; beg, plead
for another chance, yet gamble again and again?
6. Does this person ever
gamble longer than he/she intended to, until the last dollar is gone?
Does this person immediately return to gambling to try to recover losses, or
to win more?
8. Does this person ever gamble to get money to solve financial
difficulties or have unrealistic expectations that gambling will bring the
family material comfort and wealth?
9. Does this person borrow money to
gamble with or to pay gambling debts?
10. Has this person’s reputation ever
suffered due to gambling, even to the extent of committing illegal acts to
11. Have you come to the point of hiding money needed for
living expenses, knowing that you and the rest of the family may go
without food and clothing if you do not?
12. Do you search this person’s
clothing or go through his/her wallet when the opportunity presents itself,
or otherwise check on his/her activities?
13. Does the person in question
hide his/her money?
14. Have you noticed a personality change in the gambler
as the gambling progresses?
15. Does the person in question consistently lie
to cover up or deny his/her gambling activities?
16. Does this person use
guilt induction to try to shift responsibilities for his/her gambling upon
17. Do you attempt to anticipate this person’s moods, or try to control
18. Does this person ever suffer from remorse or depression due
to gambling, sometimes to the point of considering self-destruction?
the gambling ever brought you to the point of threatening to break up the
20. Do you feel that your life together is a nightmare?
are living with a compulsive gambler, you will have answered “YES” to at
least six of the previous questions.
If there is a gambling problem in
your home, don’t wait for the gambler to admit it. Compulsive gambling
affects the husbands, wives, children, relatives and close friends of
compulsive gamblers, and can destroy you all.
You can learn more
effective ways of coping with the gambler and the gambling problem on a
practical, day-to-day basis. You can learn techniques to enable you to deal
with the extreme levels of stress this situation is creating. In some cases,
this may even motivate the gambler toward seeking help for him or herself.
But don’t bet on it!
Do You have a Problem?
Ask yourself the following questions:
1. Have you ever lost time from work or school due to gambling?
Has gambling ever made your home life unhappy?
3. Has gambling affected
4. Have you ever felt remorse after gambling?
you ever gambled to get money with which to pay bills or other debts?
Has gambling ever caused a decrease in your efficiency, or in your ambition?
7. After losing, have you ever felt you must return as soon as possible to
win back your losses?
8. After a win, have you ever felt a strong urge to
return and win more?
9. Have you often gambled until your last dollar was
10. Have you ever borrowed to finance your gambling?
you ever sold anything to finance your gambling?
12. Have you ever been
reluctant to use your “gambling money” for normal expenditures?
gambling ever made you care less for the welfare of yourself and your
14. Have you ever gambled longer than planned?
15. Have you
ever gambled to escape trouble, or to escape your worries?
16. Have you
ever committed, or considered committing, an illegal act to finance your
17. Has gambling caused you to have difficulty sleeping?
Do arguments, disappointments or frustrations create within you an urge to
19. Do you ever have an urge to celebrate good fortune by a few
hours of gambling?
20. Have you ever considered self-destruction or
suicide as a result of your gambling?
*Do you ever gamble alone?
based on Gambler’s Anonymous Questionnaire
If you answered yes to six
or more of these questions, you have a gambling problem.
Addiction is a progressive disease. You need to seek help immediately.
Gambling problems can affect anyone, no matter your age, your education
level, or your income. Anyone who gambles, anyone who plays, runs the risk
of becoming addicted. Gambling addiction is a progressive illness that can
lead quickly to financial and personal ruin.
But if you DO have a
gambling problem, it is not because you are weak-willed. You, like thousands
of others today, have an illness, an illness that can be treated. HELP IS
AVAILABLE. With help, you CAN stop gambling, and stay stopped.
Contact a self-help group, such as Gamblers Anonymous, or an Addiction
Centre, or a private counselling service specializing in Gambling Addiction.
Only YOU know if your gambling is leading you to the edge of the cliff
Don’t let it push you over the edge!
Don’t wait until it is too late!
You are not alone. Get help now, for yourself, and for your family.
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