Internet Gambling Addiction
For some, Internet gambling is an occasional indulgence, something to do when they don’t have the time or money to make it all the way to Vegas or even to the nearest Native American casino. For others, it’s a serious addiction, and those who can’t stop gambling online have seen their addiction take over their lives.
When that happens, you can try (again) to quit on your own or you can create real change in your life by contacting us and learning more about your options in online gambling treatment.
What Is Online Gambling Addiction?
According to the National Council on Problem Gambling, gambling in any form is a serious issue for the gambler when it “compromises, disrupts or damages personal, family or vocational pursuits.” What does that mean? When you no longer have the money to pay your rent, you’re in debt up to your eyeballs, your children aren’t speaking to you because you gambled the vacation money and their college funds, and your wife is getting ready to leave because she can no longer trust you – and you still can’t stop gambling. Then you have a problem with gambling that is serious enough to be called an addiction.
*How Do You Know if You Have a Problem?
So you spend a little time in front of the computer playing blackjack. So what? How do you know when your “down time” has turned into a serious issue that requires treatment?
- Do you have a hard time getting off the computer or tearing yourself away from your favorite online gambling sites?
- Have you gambled money earmarked for other, more important items (e.g., rent, bills, college savings, retirement funds, etc.)?
- Do you routinely gamble more than your predetermined limit?
- Are you in serious debt due to gambling?
- Have you tried to stop on your own without success?
If you answered “yes” to any of the questions listed above and gambling is an ever-present problem-causer in your life, then now may be the time to log off and get the help you need to stop gambling for the long term.
What Do You Do When It’s Time to Seek Help to Stop Gambling?
First, pick up the phone. Our addiction treatment counselors are standing by to help you deal with moving to the next level in terms of treatment when you contact us at the phone number above. Uncertain whether online gambling is a treatable issue in your life? We can help you take a brave look at the effects of gambling that you live with every day. Don’t know what kind of treatment is right for you? Our counselor will give you a rundown of your options and discuss the pros and cons of each one for you. Wondering how you’ll pay for it? Have a frank discussion about insurance, savings and financing with an addiction treatment professional.