Are you a compulsive gambler? Most times people live in deep denial of their own dangerous habits. It is more difficult to get professional help when you are unaware of the severity of your problem. The following questions will help determine if you are a compulsive gambler.
For newcomers please answer yes or no:
- Have you ever lost track of time from work or school because you were gambling?
- Has gambling ever made you unhappy about life at home?
- Has gambling affected your reputation negatively?
- Have you been hit by pangs of guilt or remorse after gambling?
- Have you ever gambled to make money for debt repayment or to solve another financial problem?
- Has gambling ever cost you a personal life goal or reduced your efficiency?
- After losing a bet or stake, have you felt a strong urge to quickly go back and win your money at all costs.
- After winning, have you felt a strong urge to go back and win more money?
- Did you often gamble down to your last pound?
- Have you ever borrowed money from someone to fund your gambling?
- Have ever you been compelled to sell anything to fund your gambling?
- Have you ever hesitated to use “gambling money” for other regular expenses?
- Has gambling made you careless about your own welfare or the responsibilities of the family?
- Have you ever gambled longer than you intended to?
- Have you ever gambled as a form of escape from worry, troubles, tediousness, heartache or loss?
- Have you ever performed, or considered performing an illegal action to fund your gambling?
- Did gambling ever make it hard for you to sleep at night?
- Do arguments, frustrations or setbacks create within you, a need to gamble?
- Have you ever felt the urge to welcome any good news with a few bouts of gambling?
- Have you ever, (even if once), contemplated self-harm or suicide as a way out of your gambling problem?
If your answer was yes to at least 7 questions, you are a compulsive gambler and must seek professional help as soon as possible.
You may start by calling one of our helplines and a friendly GA member will put you in touch with somebody who understands, and is willing to help.
At GA, we do not judge; our purpose is to help people with problems like yours find a solution to stop. As long as you know within yourself that you want to stop gambling, we respect and welcome your decision.
It won’t be easy but you will be guided by gambling helpers who have been where you are now.
As part of the recovery process, we recommend you join a GA meeting place in your area. Here, you get to learn about the 12 Step Recovery programme, share experiences and meet former gamblers willing to support your efforts to quit gambling.
You’ll also meet a sponsor at the meeting; sponsors help you along your journey to sobriety and provide regular support outside the meeting.
You shouldn’t go through the burden alone; that’s what GA is here for.
Call us today on PHONEXXX and find out more. Our representative will be happy to help