Problem Gambling Frequently asked questions and Answers
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Problem Gambling FAQ

  1. What is the difference between problem gambling and gambling addiction?
    • The difference is only in the intensity – a gambling addict is in deeper trouble than a problem gambler. While the problem gambler is still in a position to deal with the problem on his/her own, the gambling addict has to get professional help at the earliest. Some sources say that there is really no difference between the two terms.
  2. How can a gambling addict get help?
    • If someone you love is a gambling addict and is contemplating suicide, the best option would be to call 911. Gambling addicts can also call the nearest Gamblers Anonymous, which will help them overcome the problem, or get professional help.
    • All licensed and regulated online gambling sites help gambling addicts by guiding them to places where they can get help.
  3. Can families of gambling addicts also get help?
    • Gamblers Anonymous also helps the family members of gambling addicts come to terms with feelings of confusion, anger, hurt, and betrayal caused by the behavior of the gambling addict.
  4. Is there any medication for gambling addiction?
    • There is no medication that can cure gambling addiction, but pills can be taken to deal with the depression, despair, and guilt that cause gambling addiction.
  5. Is Gamblers Anonymous sufficient?
    • Gamblers Anonymous is very helpful for those who are in the initial stages of gambling addiction. However, players who are in an advanced stage of gambling addiction must get professional help as Gamblers Anonymous is just a support group of non professional people who have successful overcome the same problem.
  6. Do gambling addicts need to travel far from home for treatment?
    • Not necessarily. Gamblers Anonymous is available in all major cities. The local health centre can help with symptoms such as anxiety, depression, and guilt, but need not necessarily offer specialized gambling addiction help.
  7. Are all forms of gambling equally addictive?
    • Although all forms of gambling are addictive, certain forms are more addictive than the others based on factors such as speed, and others. Accordingly, slot machines are more addictive than poker.
  8. Who is most susceptible to gambling?
    • An estimated 4 – 6 percent of gamblers get addicted to gambling, according to studies, although anybody who gambles is in danger of getting addicted. People who have a history of substance abuse, mental illness, head trauma, and assault are more susceptible to gambling addiction.
  9. Does daily gambling lead to gambling addiction?
    • Not necessarily, but it has been found that gambling addicts spend more time and money on gambling.
  10. Does gambling addiction drive the victim to suicide?
    • Most gambling addicts do contemplate suicide, but only 1 out of every 5 addicts actually makes an attempt.
  11. Which is the best treatment for gambling addiction?
    • There is no magic treatment for gambling addiction, but a combination of support groups, cognitive behavioral therapy, Gamblers Anonymous, psychiatric medication, and individual therapy definitely helps.
  12. Is treatment expensive?
    • The cost depends on the intensity of the problem, but gambling addiction specialists can guide their patients to financial counselors who will help them raise the required funds.
  13. How do gambling industries help their gambling customers?
    • The law requires all gambling companies to have definite anti-addiction policies and programs to help gambling addicts overcome their problem.
  14. Do gambling services help addicts pay off their loans?
    • They do not lend money, but can definitely connect them with financial counselors who will help them with their financial problems.
  15. Can underage people become gambling addicts?
    • Since underage people take part in illegal gambling activities, they can become addicted to gambling just as adults do.

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