Avoiding the Trap to Addictive Gambling
Everybody knows about the obvious addictions to drugs and alcohol. But a lesser known addiction is the addiction to gambling. Many people do not think of this addiction when the subject comes up, but gambling can be a major addiction which can be very hard to break. A gambling addiction can lead to stealing or even suicide if you get too deep. And it is very easy to fall into this type of addiction. With gambling being legal in 27 states, the ability to be ensnared in such an activity is very real.
Many will say that is too easy to reach an addictive state with gambling. And in some ways that is true. But what it comes down to is will power and self control. The key is in knowing when to stop.
And things which many people do not view as gambling actually are. Things like bingo and the lottery are really gambling. They may not be on the grand scale of some other gambling, but they are still gambling and can still create an addiction. But when you look at these types of gambling you must wonder why more people do not get addicted. It is because, as stated above, they know what their limits are and when to stop.
The problem with addicted gamblers is that they lose all of their rationality. They keep gambling and believe that they can never lose. This keeps them going for more and more. The more they win, the more they gamble.
The one thing to remember is that nobody wins all of the time. Eventually, you are going to lose. The only consistent winner is the company.
If you just gamble for recreation, that is fine. But be very careful; and do not get too carried away. Since you are gambling as a recreation, it may take only one or two big wins before you think that you may be good enough to do this “full time.” It is when you fall into this type of thinking that you can be easily sucked into and addictive state.
If you find yourself heading in this direction then you may want to back off. Ask a family member or a friend if he will bet with you. But make the stakes nothing more than dessert or cleaning the house. Stay away from using any money at all.
If you feel yourself being drawn to to gambling on a regular or daily basis, take whatever precautions you can to steer clear of casinos or even a place that sells lottery tickets. You don’t want to have anything, at all, to do with gambling if you are being pulled in this direction.
Gambling can be controlled. If you feel that you are barely able to stay away from any type of gambling situation, search out some professional help. It is better to do it now than to wait until it is too late.
Gambling is something that can be avoided. It can be controlled. Don’t allow yourself to go down the road to self destruction. This is a choice which you can make. So make it while you still realize that you may have a problem. If you wait too long, you will eventually deny that any problem exists.