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Sports and Gambling Addictions

by Jerry "Jet" Whittaker
Nov 10, 2006


Sports and gambling addictions

Gambling in a way is a fun and harmless way to increase enjoyment of sports. It can be estimated that five percent of the population will have a gambling problem once in lifetime. It is believed to be rising due to the increasing opportunities for gambling in sports. It is a problem when it leads to financial and relationship problems. It is a problem to that level that there are attempts of suicides. Pathological gambling is more common among men, ethnic groups and lower socioeconomic groups. There are treatment on pathological gambling, which includes education, individual counseling, and group therapy.

Gambling addiction

Gambling comes as a form of entertainment for many people. But it takes no time for an entertainment to get transformed into addiction. It is increased as more opportunities like casinos, sports betting, slot machines in pubs and bars, telephone betting and gambling over the Internet has increased. Although there are anonymous legal groups in areas with legal gambling opportunities, people tend to get in illegal business. Gambling addiction can be officially defined as a loss of control over gambling. Gambling can be problem when it disrupts your life either physically, mentally, socially or emotionally. Compulsive gambling is an addiction characterized by a need to gamble often and an inability to stop it. Gambling addictions are also more likely to smoke and alcohol addictions. Gambling addicts themselves Patients with gambling problems believe their health is worse than those with practical disorders. In addition to that they are very much open to the fact that they are more anxiety, depressed and prone to stress related problems. Gamblers often fail to seek professional help.

Signs of addictive gambling  

Constant thinking about and preparing for gambling sessions is the biggest ever sign of addictive gambling. Gambling, more or less stakes the money, which is already lost and the one about to lose. This is the peculiarity of the game. Gambling addicts gamble during work or when they are expected at home. Some time people fall prey to it to escape from stress and pressure and get trapped back into debt. Addicts often make use of illegal means to finance gambling neglecting family and other responsibilities.


Successful treatments involve both individual professional counseling and group therapy. It also carries out profound awareness program involving their family and friends. It jots down the plan relapse prevention and budget planning. Doctors are the major medium through which gambling can be controlled.












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