Many people enjoy gambling, whether they are purchasing a lottery ticket or a night out at the casino. Most people who gamble do not develop problems, but some people lose control of their gambling.
Signs of problem gambling may include:
- Preoccupation with gambling.
- Lying about their gambling.
- Spending work or family time gambling.
- Feeling guilty after gambling, but not quitting.
- Gambling with money needed for other essentials
New members of Gamblers Anonymous are usually asked a series of 20 questions, which take the form of the following:
- Does stress trigger the urge to gamble?
- Has gambling affected drive and aspirations?
- Has gambling affected personal life negatively?
- Has gambling ever affected wellbeing or that of dependents?
- Has one’s reputation been damaged as a result of gambling?
- Has one ever been tempted to steal or do something illegal to finance gambling?
- Has one ever borrowed money to gamble?
- Has one ever felt like gambling is a good way to celebrate?
- Has one ever felt remorseful after gambling?
- Has one ever gambled and lost to the point one had nothing to bet with anymore?
- Has one ever gambled as a sort of escape mechanism from the mundane life?
- Has one ever gambled for longer than initially planned?
- Has one ever gambled to win money to pay the bills or debts?
- Has one ever gambled while supposed to be at work?
- Has one ever lost sleep due to gambling?
- Has one ever set aside some money as money for gambling?
- Has one ever sold the belongings to gamble?
- Has one ever thought about the financial ruin the gambling may cause?
- When one loses, do they feel compelled to gamble again to win the losses back?
- When one wins, do they know when to quit or they keep gambling till lose again?
Individuals that answer “Yes” to 7 or more of these questions are generally considered to have a gambling problem or addiction.
If a gambling problem is suspected or has been identified, it is highly recommended that the gambler attend counselling with a problem gambling counsellor and/or a support group such as Gamblers Anonymous to deal with the gambling issues they are struggling with. To locate a Gambling Counsellor or a GA support group in Saskatchewan, please visit our website.