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Gambling addiction resources

According to Gamblers Anonymous, disordered gambling is an illness, progressive in nature, that you may feel powerless to change. Admitting you have a problem and wanting to do something about it are the first steps toward recovery.

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Is gambling causing you problems in your life?

If you gamble, only you can decide if your gambling is a problem. Some people gamble for the action of the game and the thrill of the win, others use it as a form of escape. If you feel your gambling is causing problems in your life, then you may have a gambling problem.

In order to determine if gambling is causing a problem in your life, you can take the Brief Biosocial Gambling Screen. A “yes” answer to any of the questions means the person is at risk for developing a gambling problem.

  • During the past 12 months, have you become restless, irritable or anxious when trying to stop/ cut down on gambling?
  • During the past 12 months, have you tried to keep your family or friends from knowing how much you gambled?
  • During the past 12 months, did you have such financial trouble as a result of your gambling that you had to get help with living expenses from family, friends or welfare?

Some gamblers:

  • Go through terrifying experiences before they ask for help
  • Feel a little less in control of their lives each time they place a wager, until finally they realize they need help

Asking for help is a sign of strength. It is a sign that you’re no longer willing to gamble on your future.

Can a disorder gambler ever gamble again?

According to Gamblers Anonymous, compulsive gamblers should never place another bet. One small wager can cause you to slip into your old habits. To roll the dice again can lead to progressive health problems.

Asking for help

Organizations like Gamblers Anonymous help people ready to admit they have a problem with gambling. There is no shame in asking for help. Most people need help from time to time.

If you are looking for help please call the Louisiana Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-877-770-STOP (7867). The helpline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to assist individuals in the state of Louisiana who are affected by gambling problems. It is toll-free and confidential. Social media: Text 1-877-770-STOP.

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Learn about other gambling addiction resources available through the Louisiana Department of Health

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