Power to Crush Gambling with Your Future Just take a chance – you might win big! The lure of easy money is powerful. What if you could spend a single dollar and win millions in the lottery? You start out buying one ticket, then another and another – but you never win anything substantial.
You might win twenty dollars and use it to buy more tickets. Once you get the gambling bug, it is a short step from buying a lottery ticket at the convenience store to pulling a chair up to the slot machines in a casino. (“Victormice”)
With so many online gambling sites, it is easy for anyone to gamble – even those who are underage, and teenage gambling addictions are growing. The sites say you must be over 18 or 21, but who is checking the IDs?
“Teens are three times more likely to get addicted to gambling than adults.” (“Beware of the Danger of Gambling Addiction”) Some rack up thousands of dollars in gambling debt before they are even old enough to get a driver’s license!
Gambling is a hidden addiction because it is more likely to be done in secret than on a night out to a casino with friends. As the addiction increases, gambling interferes with work, social, mental, and physical aspects of your life. (“Beware of the Danger of Gambling Addiction”)
Up to 4% of Americans have a gambling addiction. If you find that you crave the thrill of risking money and hoping to win big, then you are an “action gambler.” (“April 2017 – Texas Hold Em Online Poker”) But if you are more likely to gamble when you are upset or in some type of life crisis, then you are an “escapist gambler.” Women are more likely to be escapist gamblers while men are usually action gamblers.
If you realize that you are driven to gamble and it is taking over your life, then you need to get help. You cannot beat this on your own. Gambling is an addiction as powerful as drugs or food. “Here are some tips to help you break the addiction to gambling:” (“Beware of the Danger of Gambling Addiction”)
- Tell your spouse, significant other, parent or someone close to you. Ask for their support as you confront your problem.
- Reduce your access to money. Cut up your credit and debit cards. Carry only insignificant amounts of cash in your wallet.
- Change your path. Stay away from places that are triggers to gamble.
- Stay away from people who encourage you to gamble. If necessary, change your cell phone number or email address so that they cannot contact you.
Contact the nearest Gambler’s Anonymous group. You and your family members need to attend this group to know what to expect. And find an experienced counselor who can collaborate one-on-one with you.
Best Wishes, Coyalita
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