Stop Gambling

How to Help a Loved One With a Gambling Problem Stop Gambling and Control the Addiction

Do you love someone who seems to be out of control with a gambling problem? Maybe it is a subtle presence in his or her life that is having a negative effect, though on the surface, things seem fine. It may appear that he or she is not trying to deal with the addiction, may not even admit that there is one, but as the old saying goes, “Still waters run deep.”

Your loved one may want to stop gambling, but may not know how. There may be a great inner struggle going on and the last thing he or she needs is more pressure. Sometimes the pressure of having someone talk about his or her problem may be too much. It is best to let that person bring the subject up when the time is right according to their inner schedule and feelings.

You may be worried, but sometimes the only course of action is no action. You must take care of yourself and your own emotions and sort them out before you can help the other person. This means getting your own house in order and perhaps developing a few tools that may come in handy. A support group is one way to start preparing. Caring, open minded people with some knowledge of compulsive gambling, such as a Gamblers Anonymous group can help you to cope with your own stress and feelings.

One thing that you can do for your loved one, if possible, is to find activities or interests that you and both have in common. Sometimes a diversion is a good way to stop gambling. Something as simple as meditating together, taking a walk and enjoying the outdoors, or watching a movie, can help in several ways. First of all, any time spent doing anything but gambling is helpful because it means there is less time to feed the addiction. Secondly, building a bond between you means that when he or she is ready to talk about the problem and deal with it, you will be there and accessible.

There are no shortcuts to successful treatment of the problem. It is a progressive illness and the only way to control it is to stop. But you are not the one to make the decision of when to stop or how to control the gambling addiction. That decision can only be made by the one with the problem. I don’t recommend bringing up the subject but if your loved one does, by all mean be open and listen to what he or she says about it. By listening and showing you are open to communication, you are letting him or her know that you are there when the time is right.

If the gambling problem is causing too much stress for you or is starting to take over your life, even though it is the other person’s addiction and not yours, you may want to seek counseling or start attending Gamblers Anonymous meetings. You don’t have to wait for the other person to make the first move if the problem is becoming your problem as well. Sometimes it is a family member, friend or loved one who attends the meeting before the gambler does. You will find support there and people who understand what you and the person you care about are going through. Taking care of yourself and preparing yourself is one of the most important things you can do and just as your loved one has to deal with the problem in his or her own way, you have to deal with it in your way and also take care of yourself so that it will not ruin your life.

Recent Gambling Figures

Industry Experts Surprised at Recent Gambling Figures

With an estimated 250,000 gamblers, whose past time has become ‘problematic’, there was fear from regulatory and government bodies that with the introduction of various new mediums, including online casinos and poker rooms, that this figure would dramatically increase. However, and surprisingly for many, the percentage of people within the UK with a so called ‘gambling problem’ has in fact fallen from 72% in 1999 to 68% this year.

Although this figure does not show the entire picture, with the majority of this 4% change being directly attributed to a decline in players of the national lottery, it is indeed welcomed news for those who had expected a sharp rise.

This study, entitled the ‘Gambling Prevalence Study’ and conducted between September 2006 and March 2007, questioned approximately 9,000 adults in relation to a total of 17 different forms of gambling. Head of the study, Peter Dean, concluded that more than 99% of adult gamblers did not fall into this problem group and that overall, despite the introduction of new gambling methods, the number of people who regularly enjoyed a flutter had decreased.

So why are less people gambling, considering the relative ease with which you can now take part? Why has the advent of online gambling been apparently unable to entice more people into playing, and more often? Well, the truth of the matter is that they have succeeded in drawing gamblers into their virtual casinos. Other than a significant decrease in those playing the national lottery, every other form of gambling has seen a steady rise on the figures of 1999.

On the face of things this is not something to be too concerned about. In comparison to other countries around the globe the UK ranks amongst the likes of Canada and New Zealand, with gambling levels far lower than in the USA. It is also good news for the tax man, who made a staggering £2 Billion from gambling last year alone.

This probe was announced by Gordon Brown as a way in which the government could assess its plan of regenerating deprived and run-down areas with the introduction of super casinos, with the first to have been built in Manchester later this year. However, with the conclusion of this study and the findings which do show increased popularity for non-lottery based gambling, the government have decided against their super casino plans.

One spokesman for the Prime Minister went on record saying “While the report shows that problem gambling still only affects a small minority of people, it does remain a serious issue and something that has to be addressed. The prime minister said in July that the issue relating to a super-casino is whether or not this is the best way of meeting our regeneration objectives.”

The in depth findings of this report are due to be published very shortly and I am sure that the gaming industry, as well as other keen industry experts, will indeed be very interested in reviewing the conclusions of the gambling commission.

Slot Machine Gambling

Slot Machine Gambling – Facts You May Want to Know

The slot machine was invented in 1887 by Charles Frey of San Fransisco. The name “slot machine” is used for American gaming machines. In Great Britain, these machines are called “fruit machines”. In Australia, the machines are known as “poker machines” or “pokies”.

The slots were used for many years as an activity to keep the wives of gamblers in Las Vegas busy. At the time, the machines only took coins, and usually not for very large denominations. Women stayed busy, usually not spending too much money, while their husbands played black jack, roulette, and the crap table.

At the time, most of this gambling was done in Las Vegas, Monaco, or small islands that allowed casino gambling. Slots gambling was not a big part of public life in most parts of the country except for Las Vegas. Most of the people with gambling problems were confined to the Las Vegas and surrounding areas and not many people really heard about gambling addiction and its’ true dangers.

In 1979, gambling was passed in New Jersey, and Atlantic City became the Las Vegas of the east coast. In the mid to late eighties, video style poker games were developed and addiction to slots were becoming a bit more pervasive.

o As of this article, there are casinos in all states except two. Most of these states have allowed just slot machine gambling and no access to table games.

o Statistics have shown that slots gambling is the most popular form of gambling and is responsible for approximately 70 percent of all casino revenue.

o Statistics from studies done in Canada have shown that 58-62 percent of slots revenues come from gambling addicts.

o 98 percent of all gambling addicts who live in South Dakota are addicted to slots.

o The military puts slots on their bases, and according to the New York Times, the government has taken in more than 120 million dollars in slot machine revenue.

o One study shows that there are 1.2 million slot machine addicts in the state of California.

o Great Britain allows fruit machine gambling for children. These children and adolescents are involved in crime, truancy, and drugs and alcohol.

o In Asia, casinos in Macau are responsible for a huge surge in slot machine gambling addiction. Vietnam and Singapore are planning to open casinos in 2009.

o Asians have a strong propensity toward gambling due to their history of not seeing gambling as being a bad thing, but a way to make money.

These are certainly very scary statistics, and it can only get worse as slot machine gambling addiction continues to permeate our society both in the U.S and the rest of the world.

The public is very ignorant about the inner workings of a slot machine. People are unaware of the true odds in an electronic gaming machine and they do not realize that the odds are truly stacked against them.

Many addicted slot machine gamblers also believe in certain myths regarding slot machines. Some of these debunked myths are as follows:

o Contrary to beliefs, slot machines do not stop on winning or losing stops with equal probability.

o Slot machines are not “due to pay” because the machine was cold for a while, and it should be ready soon to pay a jackpot.

o Every slot machine spin is random, and goes through a random number generator. There are much less random numbers for jackpots than more common hands. Therefore, winning a jackpot is highly, highly difficult.

o Contrary to myth, it does not matter if someone uses a players card or not. It does not effect the outcome of the game.

o Although some machines may have a 90 percent payout, it may be weeks before it actually pays a jackpot.

o Just because the person before you pumped a lot of money into the slot machine, it does not mean that “you” will hit the jackpot.

These are just some of the debunked myths about slot machine gambling, and there are many more. Slot machine gambling is not just a harmless past-time anymore. Addiction is a serious social problem, and the consequences of this type of addiction is still yet to be seen.

Gambling Problem

Let’s Talk About Your Gambling Problem: What is Compulsive Gambling Really all About?

Am I a compulsive gambler? What really is compulsive gambling? Is it an addiction like cocaine or heroin?

To truly understand compulsive gambling, you need to take a look at the brain. Simply put, there are a number of hormones that are released in the healthy brain that create endorphins that make you feel good. People who are prone to addiction have a deficiency of these hormones, or a chemical imbalance in the brain. For people with an imbalance in the brain, the “rush” that gambling creates actually mimics the release of these hormones in the brain, and makes the person feel good.

However, the feeling that gambling may produce in the brain, is not real, and it definitely is not permanent! The momentary ‘high’ that gambling produces will always result in a crash that will leave you feeling worse then when you started. In order to feel better, desperately, you will gamble again, and again. Only to be let down, over and over. Does this sound familiar? If it does, you’re not alone!

Because compulsive gambling mimics a feel good feeling in the brain, it is very similar to other addictions. Just as with alcohol addictions and hard drugs such as cocaine, compulsive gambling is an addiction. But is the brain the only thing to blame when it comes to gambling? Of course not. There is more at work, than the physiology of the brain, but it is an important component.

Money is an important part of compulsive gambling; however it is not the only thing. Many people believe that gambling is all about winning money, and earning back what you have lost, but that’s not true at all. People who are addicted to gambling are addicted to the feeling that gambling provides. The thrill of winning, the feeling of power, of greatness! As was just explained, compulsive gambling is much more about a feeling than the money.

So if gambling is about a feeling, how is it that compulsive gambling is considered an addiction? Someone who has a gambling problem faces some of the same troubles as an individual with another, more identifiable addiction. The addict cannot stop gambling, despite the fact that they know they should, they live with broken lives, families falling apart and debt problems. Compulsive gamblers live in denial as they chase the big win trying to recapture the ‘high’ that they once felt gambling.

Compulsive gambling is a hidden addiction; it is not as easy to identify someone with a gambling problem as someone who is an alcoholic. So how do you spot someone with a gambling problem? How can you be sure if you or someone you love has a problem? And why is compulsive gambling really a problem? In the next email, I’ll outline symptoms to watch for in compulsive gambling.

Addicted To Gambling

Are You Addicted To Gambling?

Most people know the answer to this question. You don’t have to think twice. You know the truth but are you willing to face it? Facing this addiction means letting out all the demons stored inside you for so long. As each of the demons leave, you begin to feel peace, well being and a feeling of completion. There will be no more plotting and scheming to find ways to feed your addiction.

Gamblers Anonymous came up with twenty questions. Only you can answer these questions honestly. You can find the questions at
http://www.istoppedgambling.com/addicted.php a place to help people with a gambling addiction or someone you know who has a gambling addcition.

People do come to the realization that they are addicted to gambling. Some people are ready to get help, some refuse, others don’t know what to do, where to go or who to trust. A small percentage of these people will seek help. They are the lucky ones. The others However, will continue to live in a fantasy world.

The fantasy world takes the addicted individual out of pain, loneliness and reality. As each day passes they lose more money and try and believe next time they will have that big win. Unfortunately it never comes.

An addict is an individual whose life is dependent and restricted by their aspiration to continue following the same behavior patterns. We are people who exhibit behavior patterns that if continued will get progressively worse. The end result can include jail, institutions, illness, poverty, and death.

Only you have the ability to decide if you have an addiction.

There is no humiliation in facing up to the fact that you have a problem! What is important is that you decided to do something about it.

A majority of gamblers have experienced one or more of the following:

Having a hard time sleeping

Having a hard time focusing

Unable to get gambling off your mind

Didn’t tell people where you were going

Kept your gambling a secret from loved ones

Feeling good so you wanted to gamble

Feeling bad so you wanted to gamble

Time stands still until you gamble again

There are so many other ways to determine if you have a gambling problem, but I believe you already know!

Gambling Problems

Do You Have Gambling Problems?

Bingo can be a great game and lots of fun, like any type of gambling it’s learning when to stop. I have written the following article to help inform you of the best methods to help you control gambling problems if you feel like it’s getting out of hand. I hope the following article will help with any problems you may have.

If you feel like you have gambling problems or are getting to the point where you are concerned you may have in the future there are the following options out there for you to consider.

Gambling Therapy Online Services- There are many sites which are aimed at giving you a therapy service online. Although I’m not convinced they will work there are options for someone wanting to go down this route. These websites allow you to have support from an advisor. The advisor discusses the options of help available to them.

Forums- Forums are a place where anybody can talk to other people with the same problems and discuss recovery strategies. This is also a great way of making lifelong friends.

Online Support Groups- are very similar to forums but support groups are often started with a counsellor and then when everyone is at a level where they can then support each other the counsellor leave them to support each other.

If you feel like you are having difficulty with gambling there are some software packages which can block gambling sites so that in your moment of weakness you can’t be tempted.

Don’t forget that it is illegal for persons under the age of 18 to be gambling, if you are gambling online and you are under the age of 18 you could be reported to the police.

I hope this above article will help anyone with a gambling problem.

Problem Gambling

Problem Gambling and Gambling Problems Come in Varying Degrees of Intensity and May Worsen

Problem Gambling and Gambling Problems Come in Varying Degrees of Intensity and May Worsen

Problem gambling, also known as compulsive gambling, is recognized as a disease or sickness. But not all people who have a that problem would be diagnosed as being compulsive gamblers. As with any behavior, the degree or severity of the behavior determines the clinical classification.

Therapists use different scales to assess a gambling behavior and base the therapy according to the assessment. Most therapists use DSM-IV or the South Oaks Gambling Screen for diagnosis.

Just having compulsive or pathological gambling recognized as a treatable disease was a major accomplishment for the therapists who treat those problems. For many years gambling was looked upon as a character flaw or weakness, but not a true disease. Now that it has been accepted that out of control gambling is a disease that may be treated effective methods are emerging.

One point that almost all clinicians agree on is that the best way to effectively treat the problem is to stop the gambling immediately. Some clinical studies have indicated that neuro transmitter deficiencies may be a cause of the problem and drug therapies are being tested while other forms of behavioral therapy, such as support groups and guided mediation or hypnosis are also showing some success.

If you are wondering if you or someone you know has a gambling problem, here is a checklist

that is used by clinicians to assess for pathological gambling …

“As defined by the American Psychiatric Association, pathological gambling is an impulse control disorder that is a chronic and progressive mental illness.

Pathological gambling is now defined as persistent and recurrent maladaptive behavior meeting at least five of the following criteria, as long as these behaviors are not better explained by a manic episode:

1.Preoccupation. The subject has frequent thoughts about gambling experiences, whether past, future, or fantasy.

2. Tolerance. As with drug tolerance, the subject requires larger or more frequent wagers to experience the same “rush”.

3. Withdrawal. Restlessness or irritability associated with attempts to cease or reduce gambling.
4. Escape. The subject gambles to improve mood or escape problems.

5. Chasing. The subject tries to win back gambling losses with more gambling.

6. Lying. The subject tries to hide the extent of his or her gambling by lying to family, friends, or therapists.

7. Stealing in order to feed their gambling addiction.

8. Loss of control. The person has unsuccessfully attempted to reduce gambling.

9. Illegal acts. The person has broken the law in order to obtain gambling money or recover gambling losses. This may include acts of theft, embezzlement, fraud, forgery, or bad checks.

10. Risked significant relationship. The person gambles despite risking or losing a relationship, job, or other significant opportunity.

11. Bailout. The person turns to family, friends, or another third party for financial assistance as a result of gambling. “

Casino Gambling

Casino Gambling Tips

Whether casino gambling rookies or seasoned casino gamblers, most people are always on the lookout for casino gambling tips. There are many people who seem to do well at casinos, and these people are usually “lucky” because they have listened to the right advice about casino gambling, or have learned or developed gambling systems that seem to work well.

What are the best casino gambling tips? The first and best gambling tip is to not gamble more than you can afford to lose. This may seem obvious, but there are many examples of people whose lives have been changed for the worse because they did not know when to quit gambling. Although you may not necessarily lose your home or family because you’ve gambled too much, just losing enough to not be able to pay one of your monthly bills is a signal that you need to reassess how you gamble, or that you need to quit gambling altogether.

Gambling problems aside, there are tips that can make your responsible casino gambling more enjoyable, and possibly more profitable. Many serious gamblers choose one, or usually no more than two, games to focus on, and develop strategies that seem to give them more of an edge. Since games such as Poker and Blackjack require skill as well as luck if you want to win more than you lose, many serious gamblers concentrate on these games, honing their skills continuously and developing systems and strategies that they feel work well for them. Many highly successful Blackjack and Poker players have written books that contain many of the gambling tips and strategies that they have developed over the years, and reading some of these books can be a great place to start if you would like to win some serious money playing these casino games.

Although slot machines are random and no special skill is required to make them spin, some successful gamblers claim that you can get a slight edge on slot machines by counting the spins. You count how many times the machine spins until it pays out at least five times your bet, write that down, and then count again. You do this about 6 times, and then concentrate on the second highest number that you have written down. Using this as the key number, you bet higher when the machine reaches that number, until it pays off. Many gamblers swear that this system works better than just betting the same amount each time and hoping you’ll hit it big. Though many land-based casinos frown on people writing down spins, it can easily be done when playing in an online casino from home.