Hi! I am a final year Psychology student, studying in Calgary. I was assigned to prepare an article on "Gambling Addiction". I have collected some details about gambling addiction from different sources. It will be more helpful for me if you would share your personal experience of gambling addiction if any. And success stories of overcoming this addiction. And also the treatment done to overcome this addiction.
Problem gambling is an urge to gamble continuously despite harmful negative consequences or a desire to stop. Gambling addiction is also known as pathological gambling, compulsive gambling or gambling disorder. It is an impulse-control disorder. It can happen to anyone from any walk of life. Gambling goes from a fun, harmless diversion to an unhealthy obsession with serious consequences. Often, people who later develop gambling addictions had exposure to gambling as a child. Gambling addiction is sometimes referred to as a "hidden illness" because there are no obvious physical signs or symptoms like there are in drug or alcohol addiction. Problem gamblers also typically deny or minimize the problem, even to themselves. A gambling addiction or problem is often associated with other behavior or mood disorders. Many problem gamblers also suffer from substance abuse issues, unmanaged ADHD, stress, depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder. To overcome gambling problems, there are gambling addiction treatment available now ( http://www.canadadrugrehab.ca/gambling-sex-eating-disorder-treatment/gam... ).
If you’ve been through a gambling addiction yourself, I would love to hear about your journey into and hopefully out of an addiction to gambling. Can anyone help me with the details of this treatment and how it is done? Please share your views and suggestions. Thanking you in advance!