Question: Can you tell which one of those people has a gambling problem?
That is because compulsive or pathological gamblers show no visible signs of their addiction. Because of this invisibility, your family member, your best friend, your co-worker or anyone else you know could be a problem gambler. Problem gamblers are so ashamed of their addiction, they hide it from even those closest to them.
Problem Gambling is a progressive, medically recognized disease characterized by increasing preoccupation with gambling, the need to make bigger bets and to bet more often, restlessness and irritability when trying to stop gambling, "chasing" losses, and loss of control of one’s life. The problem gambler will continue to gamble in spite of increasing financial, psychological, vocational and social problems, eventually "hitting bottom" if they do not receive help. They often develop symptoms of major depression and can be at risk for suicide.
The good news is that problem gambling is treatable.
The staff of the Problem Gambling Center is dedicated to helping people with gambling problems.