I have a problem gambling, I don’t even know what it is, and it’s only been three weeks since I’ve even had a shot of alcohol, but the thought of a night of partying with my mates has kept me up at night.
I can’t stop thinking about the thrill of getting home at midnight and being able to get back to my own place before dawn, and the way that my parents think it will make them feel, when they hear about me.
And yet the thought keeps coming back to this one night in June.
Last week, I got my first tip from my GP about a man who’d gone to hospital after taking part in a party at a bar.
He’d been taken to the hospital by ambulance and admitted with a fractured hip and broken nose, after falling over the railing.
The man’s injuries were described as serious.
As the man lay on the floor bleeding, I noticed he had a big, blood-shot eye.
I asked him if he’d gone out drinking.
“Yeah, I did,” he said.
“I think it was my first drink,” he told me.
“But I think it’s because I went out and got drunk.
It was like a bit of a kick in the gut, it’s like I went and got myself drunk.”
That was when I realised how easy it is to become addicted to gambling.
A lot of people have tried, but I never really wanted to go into that dark, dark world.
I thought I’d just go and get a drink and go to sleep, but after I was admitted, I started to realise how easy this could be.
“It’s very easy to be a gambler,” said Dr. Chris Renton, a GP who has been treating gamblers for the past 18 years.
“If you’re lucky, you can get a good night’s sleep.
If you’re unlucky, you’re going to wake up in the morning with a broken nose and a bloodied eye.
But it’s very, very easy, and there’s no good way to get it under control.”
That night, I went to bed feeling a bit down, but still happy, and I remember being excited about what would happen next.
But my luck turned, and when I woke up the next morning, I was feeling really, really sick.
“The next morning I realised he had actually been in a serious head injury and I’d missed him for six weeks,” said Renton.
I was taken to hospital for a scan, but there was nothing that could be done for a fracture.
“So I went back to bed, thinking I’d wake up with a blood-stained eye and a broken hip, and just start again,” he continued.
I could feel my blood pressure rise and I knew I needed to go home.
“When I came back in, I just had a huge headache,” he added.
“Then I was on the bed, I felt like my brain was about to explode.
I just remember saying, ‘I need to go to the bathroom’.
But I was not dying. “
And then I just started to scream.”
But I was not dying.
“That’s when I knew something was wrong,” he explained.
I’m lucky that I went home and went back in the room, because I realised I needed help.
“My GP asked me what I thought was the most likely cause of my injury, and what was the best way to treat it, and he said, ‘Just take the gambling addiction test.'”
I was shocked, I said, “What the hell do I do?
How am I going to get through this?””
He went into the room and he told us what to do, and we got him tested.
We went home, got my blood checked and we just waited,” Renton said.
I am a bit surprised by the results.
I have never had a blood test for gambling addiction, but in the past three weeks I’ve seen a range of people in my practice with the same symptoms as I have.
“We were surprised by how easy a lot of them are to diagnose,” said Lachlan Johnson, a psychologist who has worked with gamblers and gamblers in his practice for nearly 20 years.
Johnson said that gamblers with gambling addiction tend to have an underlying mental health issue that is hard to change.
“They have a sense of entitlement, they feel entitled to what they want,” he admitted.
Johnson added that, although there are some positive things to come from treating gamulators with gambling disorders, the best thing for them is to get the help that they need and that’s to get help for the gambling addictions themselves. “
In my experience, if you get someone with gambling issues diagnosed early enough, they can get the right treatment, and a lot more can be achieved.”
Johnson added that, although there are some positive things to come from treating gamulators with gambling disorders, the best thing for them is to get the help that they need and that’s to get help for the gambling addictions themselves.
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