Gambling is when people risk money or other valuables to predict the outcome of a game or event based on chance. It can be done in casinos, on scratchcards, fruit machines and even by placing bets with friends. If they predict correctly, they win money. If they don’t, they lose it.
For some people, gambling becomes a problem when they lose control and spend more money than they can afford. The behaviour can lead to a variety of consequences, including financial problems, personal health issues and strained or broken relationships. If you or a loved one are struggling with gambling disorder, help is available. Speak to a trained, professional therapist today – 100% online, free and confidential.
While there are no medications to treat gambling addiction, psychotherapy can be beneficial. It’s a form of treatment that uses techniques to help change unhealthy emotions, thoughts and behaviors. You’ll be matched with a qualified, licensed and vetted therapist in as little as 48 hours.
The best way to understand why someone might gamble is to look at the different factors that can trigger problematic gambling, such as chasing an early big win, boredom susceptibility, poor understanding of random events, use of escape coping and stressors. There are also many other reasons why a person might gamble, such as socialising with friends or enjoying the atmosphere of a casino. But these factors can also be risky and can quickly lead to an addiction.