Compulsive gambling is a popular addiction among many Americans.
The addictive behavior is characterized by gambling that causes a person to spend money they would not normally spend and which may increase the risk of a life-threatening situation such as a car accident or hospitalization.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), is the most current psychiatric treatment guide available for gambling.
The DSM-5 defines compulsive gambler as anyone who experiences frequent or severe gambling in which the amount of money involved exceeds the amount that is necessary to maintain the same level of functioning.
Compulsive gambling includes gambling that occurs frequently or intensely and that results in the loss of money, time, or other material goods.
It may also include gambling that involves repetitive or limited gambling but does not result in the acquisition of more money.
The term “compulsive gambling” is also used to describe a person who engages in compulsive behavior in which he or she is unable to control or stop it.
It has been estimated that about one in five adults who gamble regularly engage in compulsively, while one in three of those who do not gamble at all are gambling in some form.
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), a majority of compulsive gamblers are men, and the vast majority of them are white, middle-aged or older.
According to a recent survey by the Gambling Commission of the National Association of Gambling Control Officials, the average number of daily games of casino gaming in the United States is approximately three a week.
One in three Americans who gamble compulsively is not aware of their addiction, and about one-quarter of people who gamble in a gambling setting have a history of compulsivity, according to the GAC.
If you are thinking about becoming addicted to or have a gambling problem, talk to a counselor, therapist or other health care provider.
You may have some issues to address that can help you to get better and you may benefit from other forms of treatment.
Get help from a counselor.
If you are concerned about your mental health or your family’s well-being, you should talk to your doctor or mental health professional.
They may be able to offer counseling to help you understand your addiction and identify other treatment options.
Ask a friend or family member to watch over you.
If a friend, family member or caregiver is concerned about you, talk with them.
Your loved one is watching over you in case you have a relapse, according the National Council on Problem Gambling.
A counselor or psychologist who specializes in gambling addiction can provide support and support for you and help you overcome your compulsive behaviors.