• More male problem gamblers develop the addiction as a result of insecurities or low self-esteem. They choose gambling to improve their feelings about themselves but are often overwhelmed by myriad new problems they have created as a result (financial losses, debt problems, lies, broken relationships).
  • The Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery identifies three phases of gambling addiction: 1) Winning Phase -- multiple wins give an unreasonable optimism that trend will continue; 2) Losing Phase -- the addict withdraws from relationships, gambles alone, chases losses, borrows money; and 3) Desperation Phase -- increased time spent gambling, feelings of guilt or blame on others, alienation, psychological problems, possible substance abuse or illegal activity.
  • Most male problem gamblers develop their addiction earlier in life (about 35 years of age), and generally choose competitive table games in efforts to beat the house (blackjack).
  • More female problem gamblers develop the addiction as a result of poor mental health (anxiety, depression, hopelessness, loneliness) or the desire to escape from unhappy situations (job frustration, shattered marriages, broken relationships).

     
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the NRGP?
Help available for
gambling problems
PUBLIC AWARENESS AND
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ASSISTANCE FOR GAMBLING
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