For most people, gambling is a source of fun and entertainment. But there are some people for which it can become a problem. At some point it can take over your life, having a negative impact on you and your surroundings and it can make you feel guilty or bad. Someone is addicted to gambling once he/she starts spending too much time and money on gambling. A problem gambler still has some level of control over his/her gambling behavior but a gambling addict had become so dependent on gambling that he/she needs a gambling fix every day – just like a drug or alcohol addict. The fact that this brings him/her into severe financial and/or social problems at home and work will no longer withhold him/her from gambling.
One sign of a gambling addict is loosing sight of limits that were set – even by him or herself. Every time a limit or border has been reached it will get crossed. The excitement of gambling brings the addict into a state of ecstasy. As long as the addict is gambling there are no problems in his/her world, not even the problems resulting from the addiction itself. So keep it under control and keep it fun!
If, after reading this information, you think that you might have a gambling problem you can consult several institutions for help and more information.