Gambling addiction, also known as compulsive gambling, is a type of impulse-control disorder.
Compulsive gamblers can’t control the impulse to gamble, even when they know their gambling is hurting themselves or their loved ones.
Gambling is all they can think about and all they want to do, no matter the consequences. Compulsive gamblers keep gambling whether they’re up or down, broke or flush, happy or depressed.
Even when they know the odds are against them, even when they can’t afford to lose, people with a gambling addiction can’t “stay off the bet.”
Gambling Addiction Treatment
Many compulsive gamblers go through terrifying experiences before they are ready for help. The compulsive gambler needs to be willing to accept the fact that he has lost control over gambling and have a sincere desire to get well. Be honest with family members. Tell them the truth because secrets will eventually come out. Enlist the support of family, friends and religious groups. Also, stop gambling; recovery from this illness is impossible if you are actively engaged in gambling.