What is a Gambling Problem

Twenty Questions
There is a saying that if gambling is causing you problems, then you have a gambling problem.Recognizing and admitting a problem is the first step in getting help. But who wants to have a problem? Reluctance to really believe gambling is anproblem is difficult.
So lets look at the facts.
Gambling problems cover all races, nationalityies and income levels. Most people gamble without a problem. But some do. So most certainly you are not alone with your questions.

Lets look at the 20 questions of Gamblers Anonymous. Answer them honestly.

20 Questions
Are you a compulsive gambler?
Answer all 20 questions below and view our comments based on your answers.

1. Did you ever lose time from work or school due to gambling?
2. Has gambling ever made your home life unhappy?  Yes  No
3. Did gambling affect your reputation?  Yes  No
4. Have you ever felt remorse after gambling?  Yes  No
5. Did you ever gamble to get money with which to pay debts or otherwise solve financial difficulties?  Yes  No
6. Did gambling cause a decrease in your ambition or efficiency?  Yes  No
7. After losing did you feel you must return as soon as possible and win back your losses?  Yes  No
8. After a win did you have a strong urge to return and win more?  Yes  No
9. Did you often gamble until your last dollar was gone?  Yes  No
10. Did you ever borrow to finance your gambling?  Yes  No
11. Have you ever sold anything to finance gambling?  Yes  No
12. Were you reluctant to use "gambling money" for normal expenditures?  Yes  No
13. Did gambling make you careless of the welfare of yourself or your family?  Yes  No
14. Did you ever gamble longer than you had planned?  Yes  No
15. Have you ever gambled to escape worry, trouble, boredom or loneliness?  Yes  No
16. Have you ever committed, or considered committing, an illegal act to finance gambling?  Yes  No
17. Did gambling cause you to have difficulty in sleeping?  Yes  No
18. Do arguments, disappointments or frustrations create within you an urge to gamble?  Yes  No
19. Did you ever have an urge to celebrate any good fortune by a few hours of gambling?  Yes  No
20. Have you ever considered self-destruction or suicide as a result of your gambling?  Yes  No

If any of these are a concern for you, maybe its time to call. Treatment works. Call 714-523-5966 to set up an evaluation.

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