WHAT IS PROBLEM GAMBLING?
Problem gambling help is freely available to those who need it, but many don't understand exactly what it is. Problem gambling (or ludomania, but usually referred to as "gambling addiction") is an urge to gamble continuously despite harmful negative consequences or a desire to stop. Problem gambling is can be defined by whether harm is experienced by the gambler or others, rather than by the gambler's behaviour.',
As demonstrated by the video below, problem gambling often arises after the initial “hit” of that first big win which may be purely by chance (“beginners’ luck”). The excitement that it can generate / rush of adrenaline leads people to seek that feeling again which, in many cases, results in a financial loss.
There is now a craving or behaviour to chase losses which may even replace the craving for the initial sensations that drove someone to gamble more. This behaviour then can have harmful consequences as money is needed to feed the “addiction”.
What happens inside the brain of a gambling addict when they make a bet - and can the secret to their addiction be found within the brain itself? BBC Panorama filmed a unique experiment designed to find out.
GAMBLING HELP RESOURCES
Free help is available from numerous international organisations with a varied range of services to help identify and combat gambling addiction.
INTERNATIONAL GAMBLING RESOURCES
Gambling Therapy are global online support service for people who have been adversely affected by gambling by providing online help for problem gamblers.
Their team of expert advisers deliver effective support via:
Gamblers Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from a gambling problem.
The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop gambling. There are no dues or fees for Gamblers Anonymous membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. Gamblers Anonymous is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any cause. Our primary purpose is to stop gambling and to help other compulsive gamblers do the same.
With worldwide meetings available, to find out where you can attend a meeting, click here.