In the first part of this series, we talked about some strong signs of problem gambling. Chasing the win, gambling due to need, and stealing to support the habit were explored.
This article will continue the trend by talking about other signs of someone who may have a problem gambling.
Lying – The problem gambler will try to hide it from family and friends. Lies about both the activity frequency and financial losses are commonplace. That trip to the grocery store? Sure, that happened; but what may not be mentioned is the four or five rounds of video poker played after shopping. He may deny putting hundreds of dollars on England winning the World Cup, or that Cleveland will surely win the NBA championships.
It can be difficult to discover or even accept the lies. Some problem gamblers have honed this skill to ensure fewer disruptions. We all tend to give our family and friends the benefit of the doubt, so even accepting those lies can be a difficult threshold to cross.
Borrowing Money – For most people, when the bankroll is insufficient or is spent, it’s time to walk away from the tables. For others, it just means it’s time to source other funds. This can mean asking family and friends to support the habit, maxing credit cards or even remortgaging homes. Some go beyond that and start asking strangers for money, often claiming they have a debilitating disease or are caring for a family member.
While we all have friends who ask to borrow money every now and then, it’s that one fella who constantly asks or has a hard time paying people back that should have the spotlight shone on them. If you have a friend like that, it may be wise to have a discussion about this as they may not be aware they even have a problem.
Withdrawing from family or other events – The lying and borrowing of money can lead to the problem gambler withdrawing from family or other events. This can be due to embarrassment, or they’re at the tables, or just can’t afford to attend. While this can be a sign of gambling addiction, this behavior can also point to a litany of other mental health issues; accessing assistance or joining a local peer group may help.
Increasing Bet Amounts – Similar to drug and alcohol addiction, the problem gambler can start increasing their “dose” to maintain the thrill or enjoyment. They bet more and more to get the kind of rush they seek. Bet big, win big right? Sure, or you can look at it like this: The more you bet, the more you lose. Increasing betting amounts is no way to recover losses, nor is it a way to ‘get ahead’.
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