Gambling is a form of entertainment, if you gamble for any other reason beyond that please consider seeking help. We have compiled a list of places you can go to seek the help you may need.
Did you ever lose time from work or school due to gambling?
Has gambling ever made your home life unhappy?
Did gambling affect your reputation?
Have you ever felt remorse after gambling?
Did you ever gamble to get money with which to pay debts or otherwise solve financial difficulties?
Did gambling cause a decrease in your ambition or efficiency?
After losing did you feel you must return as soon as possible and win back your losses?
After a win did you have a strong urge to return and win more?
Did you often gamble until your last dollar was gone?
Did you ever borrow to finance your gambling?
Have you ever sold anything to finance gambling?
Were you reluctant to use "gambling money" for normal expenditures?
Did gambling make you careless of the welfare of yourself or your family?
Did you ever gamble longer than you had planned?
Have you ever gambled to escape worry, trouble, boredom or loneliness?
Have you ever committed, or considered committing, an illegal act to finance gambling?
Did gambling cause you to have difficulty in sleeping?
Do arguments, disappointments or frustrations create within you an urge to gamble?
Did you ever have an urge to celebrate any good fortune by a few hours of gambling?
Have you ever considered self destruction or suicide as a result of your gambling?
Most compulsive gamblers will answer yes to at least seven of these questions.
GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS INTERNATIONAL DIRECTORY
What is Problem Gambling?
Problem gambling is gambling behavior which causes disruptions in any major area of life. Psychological, physical, social or vocational are just some expamples of a gambling addiction problem. Some people suffer from restlessness or irritability when attempting to stop, "chasing" losses, and loss of control manifested by continuation of the gambling behavior in spite of mounting, serious, negative consequences. Do you find yourself making excuses on why you need to gamble or find yourself trying to pay bills by gambling? IF so please consider getting help and talking to someone, when gambling is no longer fun or no longer a source of entertainment for you, it is time to consider seeking help. Many people go through these problems your not alone. Just take the time to sit down and recognize your problem and seek help.
These are a few great sites for help on problem gambling.
NEW JERSEY CASINO CONTROL COMMISSION
NATIONAL COUNCIL ON PROBLEM GAMBLING
CHAT ROOMS AND FORUMS THAT OFFER HELP
The Safe Harbor Compulsive Gambling Hub. The site calls chat times "online meetings" but they're open to anyone – there isn't a membership list or requirements beyond respecting other chatters. There are chats available on Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
GamCare is a UK-based site, and is open to people around the world. The site's forums are available at any time, and the chat room is open for an hour or two each day.
Please take these sites into consideration if you think you have a gambling problem or you know someone that has a gambling problem.
Addictive Gambling is a disease and it can destroy lives so get help if you need it!