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Gambling is a diverse activity, so different types of gambling addiction exist as well. It is not always obvious when someone is addicted to gambling. Contrary to popular belief, the act of gambling is not restricted to slot machines, cards and casinos. Purchasing a lottery ticket, entering a raffle or making a bet with a friend are also forms of gambling.
Gambling addiction can occur when a person feels that they are in financial ruin and can only solve their problems by gambling what little they have in an attempt to get a large sum of money. Unfortunately, this almost always leads to a cycle in which the gambler feels they must win back their losses, and the cycle goes on until the person is forced to seek rehabilitation to break their habit.
Another type of gambling addiction results when a gambler plays the games and makes risky bets to experience the emotional high associated with taking huge risks that occasionally pay off.
People with gambling difficulties often isolate their selves from other individuals, friends, and family members as they feel guilty of their actions. In many occasions, even though people want to change and take control of their lives and stop gambling, they can’t, and they struggling to understand why.
Counselling and Psychotherapy can offer a safe and strictly confidential environment where individuals can explore in a non-judgmental manner the existing reasons behind the habit of gambling, and in time people through a better understanding, they can adopt, and develop new positive ways for managing the issue.