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Gambling is an activity that many adults around the world enjoy. It can be an activity that brings people together and creates a fun, light-hearted atmosphere. However, like with most things, gambling can turn into an addiction. The anticipation of possibly winning the next game pushes people to gamble more and more. If you are struggling with a gambling addiction, reach out to a mental health professional for support. Here are a few tips to help you determine if what you are experiencing is gambling addiction.

Lie About Gambling Habits

Do you lie about your gambling? What about where you are going while you go gambling? If someone asks you about your gambling and habits, do you give an honest answer? Stay in the moment and notice how you handle and react to other people questioning you. If you find yourself lying, try to pause and consider why you are lying about your gambling.

Gambling More Than You Can Afford

How does your gambling affect your finances? Does it affect your finances? Do you have a budget that you follow while gambling? If your finances are being negatively affected by your gambling, try to think through why you still gamble. Do you find yourself unable to stop?

Negatively Affects Your Emotions

How does gambling make you feel? When you do not win, how does that affect your mental health? Do you always feel that way? If you find yourself feeling unhappy or guilty when you gamble,  try to ask yourself why you still gamble. Answering questions like this can help you better determine whether or not you are addicted to gambling.

Obsessive Thoughts

Do you think about gambling? How often do you think about it? What are those thoughts like? Do you find your thoughts becoming obsessive? When obsessive thoughts plague your day, that is a sign you may want to talk with a mental health professional. You will then work to better understand those thoughts and determine whether you are addicted to gambling.

Gambling can be fun and can bring people together. It can also become an addiction for some. Try to analyze if you have obsessive thoughts or face negative consequences because of your gambling. Consider whether you find yourself lying about your gambling or if you lose more than you can afford. Everyone is unique, and your signs of addiction will be unique to you. Here at The Guest House, we are trained to help you better understand your addiction and then work through it. Call us today to learn more about our treatment options at (855) 483-7800.