Problem gambling is an urge to gamble despite harmful negative consequences or a desire to stop. Playing in an online casino can be more addicting than playing in real casinos, because the internet and computers themselves have addicting influence for many of us.
When you are playing casino games, you should pay attention to certain signs – each of them can be a warning about possible gambling addiction. If you find many of these signs from your own gaming experience, you should reconsider your gaming habits.
- You spend more money to gambling than you had planned - You get easily irritated if something interrupts you while playing - You try to chase back losses - You lose the sense of time and play longer than you had planned - You hide the truth from your friends and family - You never stop when you are winning, but continue until you lose everything - You believe strongly that you are going to win big time - You think you lost because you didn’t play well enough - You spend more and more time gambling and thinking about gambling - You play bigger games to get the excitement that you had earlier - You spend more money to gambling than you let your friends to know - Gambling is more important to you than your family, friends or job
If you are in a denial, your problem will not disappear. It is not our personal decision to be addicted, and therefore it is not something we could get rid of just by wishing or wanting. Otherwise it wouldn’t be a problem at all. Only by admitting the problem you can get rid of it.
You are not alone or so unique than you think. Gambling problems are as old as gambling itself, so there have been many people with the same kind of gambling problems and always will be. You can gain strength from other people’s experiences. Think about getting help for example from your local Gamblers Anonymous office by searching for it in Google. Many online casinos set limits for how much you can spend money and you can also ask for a temporary or long term ban for yourself. It is usually worth making it as difficult as possible to get the addicting substance, which in this case is the gambling experience itself.