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Gambling addiction can happen to anyone.
Anyone can develop gambling problems, especially those who have risk factors including depression, substance use/abuse, family history of addiction and more. Some professions such as Casino workers and some veterans have a higher risk of gambling addiction. Some people in recovery for an addiction begin to gamble and end up substituting that addiction with gambling which turns into an addiction. In the next several days will be talk about populations that is becoming more impacted by gambling addiction.
I can beat that! Many problem gamblers believe that they have figures out a way to beat the games they play such as cards and they can outsmart the dealer to beat the odds. Even those that bet on the horses study the horse’s ancestry background, the win’s and losses, to try and pick the best horse. Those that beat on games such as basketball, football they study the players and their recent performances. Does any of that make a difference? NO, because it’s a game of chance, many factors come into play with their performance that day, weather, their health, their mood to name a few.
Take notice the next time you are in the casino, take a good look around, there are some things that you wouldn’t notice if you haven’t read this. Find a clock – Can’t find one easily if at all why? They want you to lose track of time and not really know how long you have been there. How about windows? Can you tell what time of day or night it is by looking out the windows? Not really, as there are limited windows and they are usually tinted so you aren’t sure if it’s daylight or night time. What about the required Problem Gambling signs… hard to locate? Well look above the ATM’s, they are there just in places that isn’t easily seen in normal eyesight lines. Why do they use cards and not money/coins in the machines? With a card it’s it’s just a number on the card and you lose the visual of it being real money. Why do they serve drinks to you? They don’t want you to leave that seat, the longer you’re in that seat the more you are going to “play”.
Gambling is putting something of value at stake (usually money) on the outcome in hopes to win something of more value. Some gambling can be a game of chance like the lottery, slots, scratch off tickets or bingo. Some other forms might be gambling on some skill like poker, playing pool, bowling, etc. Some might be on outcomes of games such as a football, basketball or other sporting event. Some forms of gambling we don’t even think of as gambling such as raffle tickets, Chinese auctions, fundraiser tickets, even think of games for kids where they put a coin in to win tickets to win something big, or to win something that they want in a video game. Gambling is anytime you put up money or something of value in hopes of winning something of more value. Remember 3 out of 100 people have a gambling problem and can’t limit themselves and that is when it becomes an addiction.
March is Gambling Awareness Month – Have the Conversation about Problem Gambling
This month we are going to educate you with a fact a day about gambling. Most people can gamble responsibly, go to the casino just the same as they would go out to dinner and a movie. However, 3 out of every 100 people have a gambling addiction and it doesn’t stop with one night out and a limited amount of money spent as a form of entertainment. Problem gambling is a public health issue affecting all aspects of physical, social and mental health. Please stop back to learn more.
Please take a moment to read this article, Recovery house legislation has pitfalls featuring our own Erich Curnow recently ran in the Observer Reporter.