RESPONSIBLE GAMING - GAMBLING ADDICTION IS NOT A GAME
As with all good things online gambling can quickly spiral into an addiction. Having it all at your fingertips can exacerbate a problem that you may already have. So we advise caution, keep track of how many hours you are spending online and be honest with yourself, if you find it growing out of control, if you find yourself having to get online to play. Then it's probably time to reign in.
Here at free-casino-bonuses. We are interested in the whole experience and we don't want to promote unhealthy gambling addictions. As a result we have started focusing on an anti gambling section of our site so as to help anybody who thinks they may have an issue.
The key as with everything in life is to be honest with yourselves. If you are not prepared to be honest with yourself then you probably won't be ready to seek help. We advise you to keep a tally of all the hours you are spending online and how much money you are spending. You should immediately be able to see if your gambling habit is becoming an issue by reviewing the records you keep.
When do you officially have a gambling problem
Well, it's pretty easy to tell as far as we're concerned. If you find yourself doing it every day. Moreover if you find yourself HAVING to do it every day, then that's a pretty good indication that you may have a problem.
Also do you find yourself spending more and more money on gambling online? Take stock of what recreational activities you partake in and how much of your monthly income goes on them. If gambling online is the biggest one of these, if it is growing from month to month, if it is rivaling other non recreational expenditures, then we have news for you, your online gambling habit has gone too far.
Problem behavior checklist for gambling addicts
See how many of the following things apply to you.
- Do you spend more money gambling online than you spend on anything else
- Do you play online alone and hate to be disturbed while gambling?
- Do you routinely find yourself chasing your losses?
- Do you find yourself losing your sense of time while gambling online?
- Do you find yourself having to tell fibs to friends and loved ones about what you have been doing when you have really been gambling online?
- Do you find yourself being increasingly displeased with smaller wins, and chasing big jackpots?
- Do you convince yourself that you are destined to win this or that jackpot or tournament?
- Do you berate yourself for losing, thinking that you should have played differently?
- Do you find yourself spending more time gambling online than with your friends and family?
- Are you completely honest with yourself about how much money you have spent on gambling online?
- Do you feel that overall you have made back more money than you have lost from online gambling?
Being aware of yourself and being 100% honest is the key.
It sounds like a corny cliché but it is true: unless a person addicted to gambling is ready to make some honest realizations about their situation then they will not be able to get help. Denial is the big issue in all sorts of addiction so the main problem is that people are not ready to admit what is going on with them.
This is a sad fact because due to the nature of denial addicted gamblers usually have to hit rock bottom before seeking any help, as a result they can lose friends and family, their spouses or even their homes.
If you feel like you have a problem then you should not attempt to go it alone. Get into a support group, talk it out with other people that have experience of the same problem, share and learn and take it one day at a time.
The First Step is the Hardest
If you really feel that you have a problem you need to the get out there and get some help. Go online, look through a newspaper, find a support group and make it you goal to see this thing through until you feel better.
What follows are a few links that may help you if you feel like you have a gambling problem:
- GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS: A fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from a gambling problem.
- National Council on Problem Gambling: The Mission of the National Council on Problem Gambling is to increase public awareness of pathological gambling.
- Helpguide.org - Guide for problem gamblers and their family members to the signs of gambling addiction, dealing with gambling cravings, and finding help and treatment.