There are many forms of addiction. The common denominator for each of them is the fact that a person, after taking a psychoactive measure or performing an activity, feels happy for a moment. With time, unfortunately, this becomes the main goal in life and the patient cannot function normally without a given stimulus. Gambling addiction is particularly dangerous because it destroys not only mentally, but also economically, the closest ones to the addict.
Who is most vulnerable to addiction?
There are certain psychological traits that make a person more susceptible to addictions and another person not. Someone who is passive and tends to give control of the situation to someone else may tend to become addicted. Genetic factors can also play a role here - an addiction in a person's generation of grandparents or parents.
Gambling can be passionate for years, but this can only be done by people who have a sense of control over their lives and know when to say "stop" in time. The extreme cases of gambling addicts are people who are able to stand by the slot machines for hours and not let other players in fear that they will take their "lucky fate" away.
Gambling addiction - how often?
Gambling is said to be an addiction for the rich - there is no denying it, but the speed of losing a fortune in the casino makes the wealthy lose their social status very quickly. Although access to gaming machines is somewhat restricted - they are usually found in game rooms.
It is comforting that gambling addiction is one of the rarest forms of addiction in our country. Internet, alcohol, sex or drug addiction is much more common.
Problems with gambling addiction
A gambling addict neglects family, work and interests. Unfortunately, very often a person steals from their family to have money to play. This is one of the addictions that has the most severe consequences for the property status of an addict's family.
Addicts become psychopathic. They are very good manipulators, they cheat on the family, they can be aggressive. It's a slow killing of one's own psyche, which starts to focus on one activity only. A gambler has no dreams or aspirations except the desire to get money.
Is a gambler able to recognize his problem himself?
As with any addiction, a person initially does not accept their addiction. She thinks she's free to control everything. He reacts almost aggressively to any suggestions from his surroundings that a problem is possible.
If a gambler gets his problem, he should try to take even a short break from playing (it would be advisable to contact a helpdesk for gamblers, for example from PCTU Konkinki) . Then look inside yourself and ask - how do I feel about it? Can I do without playing? How am I without the thrill of the game?
Fighting every addiction is extremely difficult. In the case of gambling, the player is often left alone because the loved ones are tired of his lies and being constantly robbed. Often people who have freed themselves from gambling find another addiction that gives them the experience they had when playing in a casino. It often happens that former gamblers are involved in extreme sports or computer games. Unfortunately, it also happens that former gamblers "fall from the rain under the gutter", with time falling into alcoholism or drug or nicotine addiction. It is then worth asking for help from specialists, for example the Private Addiction Therapy Centre "Koninki".