Gambling – both in the gaming room, and on the Internet – entertainment that involves risk. As long as the player controls this risk, the game brings a lot of fun. However, there is a small proportion of people who have a dependence on gambling (ludomania). And although according to recent research dependence occurs only 5% of players, it is important to take action at the earliest stages of the first signs. These measures will help regain control over your life.

Dependencies characterization

Gambling addiction can affect everyone – it does not depend on age, gender, or social status. Studies have shown that a small proportion of the population suffers from different addictions (addiction) every day, including gamblers. Ludomania is difficult to detect, because unlike other addictions such as alcohol or drugs, it has no physical signs. Very often people are not even aware of a person’s addiction to casino games.

As a result of gambling problems, family relationships suffer, people often change jobs and have financial difficulties. Addicted gamblers can cheat and break the law in order to get money to pay off debts and earn money by playing. Unfortunately, as is often the case with any addiction, the player rarely recognizes the disease and tries to avoid discussion. The type of game does not matter – it can be sports games, roulette, poker or slot machines.

Main Symptoms

  • Continuous involvement, betting and time spent in the game. The loss of control, which makes the player feel the need to play, raise bets or even spend the last money in the hope of winning back the lost money.
  • The need to hide his passion from others. The player starts lying to himself, his family and doctors about the gravity of the situation. He also convinces himself that he needs to spend very little time in the gaming rooms to get the expected winnings.
  • Lack of control over the amount of bets and the game process. The player stops perceiving the money in the game as such, and thinks about it as numbers.
  • Constant absorption of the game – a memory of past games and the anticipation of the next.
  • The feeling that the game is the only way to win and return the lost money.
  • Family, friends and colleagues begin to notice the problem and try to intervene and help with advice and financial constraints. If they refuse, loved ones start to suffer and, in the worst case, may leave a sick family member.

Preventing addiction

Gambling in the early stages can be prevented by setting a budget that can be used in different games, but not exceeding the established limits. On many websites, players can set a maximum amount of money for betting. The next step may be to suspend or permanently delete a player’s account, with the option of re-registering at any time or after a certain period of time, for example 1 year. One of the first steps is to accept the addiction and talk to your loved ones asking them to help you overcome the problem.

Treatment

To get rid of dependence on gambling, definitely need to seek specialist help. In Canada, many psychologists and psychiatrists consult people with gambling addiction. Support from families and friends plays a major role in the treatment process, which often encourages players to seek help and treatment. Do not give up!

Canada also has a special support service, which aims to treat people with various addictions. This is definitely the first institution to seek help.