While many people gamble recreationally without developing a problem, for some gambling can become an unhealthy obsession with serious consequences.
Gambling addiction is an impulse control disorder. A highly addictive activity that’s promise of easy money can quickly lead to financial ruin.
Whether it’s serious games of chance like poker, blackjack and sports betting, or more passive contests like slot machines, lottery tickets and raffles, a compulsive gambler won’t be able to control their impulse to bet. They become preoccupied with gambling, spending more and more time and money, and placing bigger and riskier bets, to chase the high of a win or to try to recoup a loss. Eventually, gambling addiction takes a hold of every aspect of a gambler’s life, damaging personal relationships, interfering with work, causing serious financial issues, and potentially leading to illegal behaviour.
If you think you may have a gambling problem, take The Farm Rehab’s self assessment test.
Please note this self assessment quiz is for informational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for a professional mental health diagnosis.
- Have you ever gambled longer than you planned?
- Have you ever gambled or bet more than you intended?
- When you’re aggravated or stressed do you have the urge to gamble?
- Following a substantial win do you continue gambling to try to win more?
- Do you feel irritable or restless when you try to limit your gambling?
- If you loose do you have the urge to gamble more to win back your losses?
- Have you ever lied about how much time or money you spend on gambling?
- Do you often gamble until all your money is gone?
- Have you ever missed work or school due to gambling?
- Has gambling ever created personal problems in your relationships?
- Have you ever claimed to win when you actually lost?
- Do you ever feel guilty or remorseful after gambling?
- Have you ever borrowed money to gamble or to pay gambling debts?
- Have you ever sold any of your belongings to finance your gambling?
- Have you ever committed or contemplated committing a crime to finance your gambling?
Result: The amount of questions that you answered yes to is not as important as how answering these questions made you feel. If you believe that you may have a gambling addiction, call us at The Farm Rehab, 1-877-353-2777.