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Don’t Let Gambling Push You Further in Debt
Posted on March 5th, 2012 By: Alison
March is a big month for sporting events. March Madness and the Masters Golf Tournament are both popular with gamblers, whether in the office betting pool or on the Las Vegas sports books. These sporting events will lure millions of gamblers into placing bets. The gambling industry has grown tenfold since 1975 according to statistics.
In fact, six to nine million Americans have a gambling problem in any given year. The surge of online gambling has only increased this problem. “The Internet has created a new frontier of gambling,” said Dr. Stephen Grinstead, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), who specializes in addiction in a news release. “With the convenience and prevalence of gambling, signs that a person may be struggling with what we refer to as a process addiction to gambling may go undetected. It is important to identify the signs and symptoms of addiction and seek professional help if needed.”
The National Training Institute offers several tips for finding out whether you’re addicted to gambling. First, do you have a preoccupation with gambling? You may if you spend an excessive amount of time or money gambling. If you miss events or ignore family obligations and are losing touch with friends this could be an issue. Do you have trouble meeting monthly living expenses? If you’re repeatedly better and losing money that should be spent on rent or mortgage payments then you may need professional help. Also consider professional help if you’re lying about unexplained debts, secretive about finances or feeling empty when you’re not gambling. These are all signs of a serious problem.