There is not a day that we do not take a risk. We make a gamble every time we go to work, fighting our way through heavy traffic and reckless drivers. At anytime, fate can spin the wheel and we can find ourselves on the losing end. We gamble with our lives with every second of our existence. But, does that mean we should succumb to a life of gambling?
A gambler is a person who plays a game of chance for stakes. Examples of these are pari-mutuels, like off-track-betting parlors, horse and dog tracks and Jai Alai, casinos which include slot machines and table games, bookmaking which consists of sports books and horse books, card rooms, bingo and the stock market. A pathological gambler, on the other hand, is someone who has a problem with impulse control that leads them to gamble more than they should.
This is a progressive disease that has three phases: the winning phase, the losing phase and the desperation phase. In the winning phase, the gamblers become overly confident after getting a lot of wins. During this phase, they tend to bet big amounts of money which increase as they keep on winning.
At some point, when the gambler’s luck has started to run out and the losing phase has begun, the gambler becomes more and more attached to gambling. They start looking back to their past wins. They borrow money from friends and relatives, waiting for their lucky streak to return. Because they experience a lot of stress in their need to achieve their goal of winning back their losses, they becomes irritable and withdrawn when they are at home. This causes them to ruin their relationships with their family and friends.
At some point, due to the loss of so much money, the need to regain the money they have lost becomes more intense. Additionally they spend more time gambling rather than supporting their family. They may find themselves doing something illegal just to support their gambling. Even worse, they may even considering suicide and other self-destructive actions.
If you can see yourself in any of these three situations, do seek professional help before it’s too late. Perhaps you could try an outpatient rehabilitation program if you feel that you can’t leave your job or your family for this treatment. You can easily earn money from your job but it is difficult to rebuild a career and a relationship.