Great Article on Gambling Addiction

Losing streak

Gambling raises blood pressure, heart rate and adrenalin levels - creating a buzz that can get some people coming back for more.

This is known as "compulsive" gambling - a progressive mental disorder that leaves sufferers unable to resist the impulse to gamble - often as a means of escaping from problems such as stress, anxiety or depression.

People with gambling dependency difficulties believe that money will solve their problems - a belief that is reinforced as the debts begin to mount.

The disruption to their lives isn't just financial, and can affect relationships and careers.

All bets off?

Can you resist a flutter? Ask yourself these searching questions:

Have you ever skipped college/work due to gambling ?

Does the amount you spend on gambling tend to grow?

Are you touchy about people asking after your habit?

Are you prone to mood swings, and turn to gambling as a means of changing the way you feel?

Do you gamble after arguments or if you're feeling hassled?
After losing, do you feel the need to gamble again in the hope of reclaiming your money?

Do you boast about a win, and lie to cover up losing?

Leanna. Sunday April 25, 2004
06:52 AM EDT


About Relapse

This relapse process occurs over time. It is a period of decline culminating in the act of gambling.

Mental Relapse

Mental Relapse is the first stage of relapsing into the cycle of addiction. It is the thinking, the wanting, and the wishing to be in control again. It is feeling and believing that you are taking over again - choosing the "Rebel-self" to take charge of the person you are.

Mental Relapse is the mental activity behind the "trying" to making a relapse (active gambling) more REAL. The more you think about gambling, the more likely you will end up gambling.

Emotional Relapse

Emotional relapse is when the emotional content of the problems exceed, or take over, the intellectual content. It is when the irrational dominates the rational.

It is when your emotional self is believed to be more important and realistic than your intellectual self. ?As if? your intellectual self has no bearing on what is the right thing to do.

Greater the emotional content of your problem(s), the greater the risk of relapse.

Some of the problematic emotions for recovery are: self pity, anger, and resentment. If not checked and dealt with, these emotions can lead a person to relapse.