Gambling Addiction

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Addiction is not restricted to addictive substances such as alcohol or drugs. Behaviors such as gambling can become as chemically addictive as substance dependency. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual published by the American Psychiatric Association has identified pathological gambling when it includes five or more of the following:


  • A preoccupation with gambling
  • A need to gamble with increasing amounts of money in order to achieve the desired excitement
  • Repeated unsuccessful efforts to control, cut back, or stop gambling
  • A feeling of restlessness or irritability when attempting to cut down or stop gambling
  • Gambling to escape from problems or relieve feelings of helplessness, guilt, anxiety, or depression
  • After losing money gambling, returning another day to get even (i.e., "chasing losses")
  • Lying to others to conceal the extent of involvement with gambling
  • Committing illegal acts such as forgery, fraud, theft, or embezzlement to finance gambling
  • Relying on others to provide money to relieve a desperate financial situation caused by gambling
Gambling Addiction

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