Gambling Addiction

Gambling is a Drug

"Gambling is an addictive behavior, make no mistake about it . . . Gambling has all the properties of a psychoactive substance, and again, the reason is that it changes the neurochemistry of the brain." --The American Psychiatric Association

Gamblers Anonymous versus Self-Help Debate

"Every human being is the author of their own health or disease." ~Buddha~

How instrumental is Gamblers Anonymous in overcoming gambling addiction? Is it more effective than self-help? Is Gamblers Anonymous considered self-help?
What works for you?

Gambling Addiction Images

"Well, now, if I take the money out of VISA and pay MasterCard, tell my bank my paycheck will be late, borrow from...this might work."

"I'm gonna get that casino back when I get my next paycheck. They'll pay for taking my money. I've got a new system. Heh heh."

"What was that? I'm how many months late on what bill? I can't hear you. The slot machines are too loud."

"Twenty minutes ago I was even. My gambling system doesn't seem to be working."

Don't gamble on your future

My sons, both of whom are in their 20's, have recently discovered poker. Since they were raised in a non-gambling home (I have never even bought a lottery ticket), this astounds me.

More and more young people are now gambling and it generally starts innocently and in subtle ways. It is becoming socially acceptable to participate in 50-50 draws, casino nights, and afternoon poker games.

While most teens start to gamble just "for fun," some will end up with a serious gambling problem and it can easily become an addictive pastime.

Gambling, alcohol a dodgy mix

Problem gamblers are more likely to drink, suffer from alcoholism

B.C. government gaming watchdogs doubt serving alcohol at the Great Canadian Casino in View Royal will fuel social problems, saying no evidence exists that links drinking in casinos to out-of- control gambling.

The casino has applied to the Liquor Control Board and View Royal for a liquor licence to sell drinks to customers on its gaming floor. It currently sells alcohol in its attached restaurant.