There are many addictions, but gambling is the most dangerous. Gambling addicts resort to lying, stealing and other illegal activities to fuel their addiction. Gambling is legal in most countries.
Many people believe that gambling addiction is easy, especially when you have access to anonymity and ease online. You don’t have to travel to the local bookies in order to place your bet. It’s possible to do this from your own home at any time and at any hour of the day.
Smartphones make it easier to place and win bets, as you don’t need to be in front a computer.
Gambling is a common activity. Many gamblers have placed small wagers on the Superbowl or the World Cup Finals, as well as the World Series, Grand National, and the FA Cup. Many people around the globe play the lottery. This is the accepted face of gambling. However, there is another side to gambling. It can become a dangerous addiction that can lead to complete ruin.
If gambling is legal and widespread, then why aren’t all people addicted to it? Because most people are able to tell when it’s time to stop and go home. Gambling does not have to be addictive. Strong self-control is essential, as well as an ability to recognize when it’s time to stop. There are more important things you should do and think about in life.
A vacuum is a curse for nature. Gambling fulfills an addict’s need. It is a way to replace something they are lacking in their everyday lives. Compulsive gamblers believe that luck is with them. Both logic and sanity are gone.
Gambling is a science. Gambling addicts always lose in the end. This is how it was intended. To make profits for shareholders and owners, the ‘house’ always wins.
Gambling for fun, but not for money, can be dangerous. It is important to be vigilant at all times. Otherwise, you could fall prey to an addictive behavior. One big win can be all that you need to get over your addiction. You will believe you are ‘lucky’, or a smart gambler’. This mindset is dangerous and can lead to problems.
Ask a friend or family member to join you in a low-risk, non-monetary game if you feel the need to gamble. You could take out the trash, do your weekly shopping, or walk the dog.
Online gambling sites will offer you free gambling, or just for fun demos in which you can bet with play money’ instead of real cash. Don’t be seduced by this madness. This ‘play mode’ can eventually turn into an addiction that involves real money if you are driven to gamble.
You should seek professional help if you are concerned that you may have an addiction. Find support groups in your local area that can help you overcome your addiction. Gambling addiction is treatable. Many ex-gamblers are now living normal, fulfilling lives.
It all comes down to your choice. Your choices have shaped your life. Every choice you made has led you to a different path, which has lead you to where you are today.
You can’t force yourself to gamble. Gambling is up to you. Gambling is not necessary to have fun. Gambling is an option. Prevention is always better than treatment.