Often referred to as “the silent addiction,” compulsive gambling can be just as destructive to one’s sense of fulfillment, one’s relationships, one’s feelings of self worth, and one’s financial health. The addiction of compulsive gambling is considered “silent” because often there are no visible signs of the problem until the victim is solidly caught in the grip of this worrying compulsion. Often, the challenge of compulsive gambling is discovered by loved ones when much damage has been done.
A quick check of whether gambling might be a problem is the “lie-bet” screen. The “lie-bet” screen is below:
- Have you ever had to lie to people important to you about how
much you gambled?
- Have you ever felt the need to bet more and more money?
If you have answered yes to both questions in the “lie-bet” screen you may have a problem with compulsive gambling. Feel free to contact this office to arrange for a more in depth assessment and discussion of possible ways to treat compulsive gambling.
GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS, a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from a gambling problem, has an assessment tool that involves 20 questions. You can find that questionnaire here.
If you feel you or someone you know might be suffering from Pathological Gambling please contact my office for further assessment and recommendations by calling 505-271-6630.