Gambling is one of the detrimental types of addictions that an individual can have. Yes, it may not seem to be that intense compared to other mental health illnesses. But it sure creates massive destruction not only to the person experiencing it but to the people around him as well. It never supports growth and development. It never exists to create a better environment for someone who needs emotional and mental stability.
The Sad Truth
Gambling is a big lie. “Gambling Disorder is characterized by a pattern of compulsive gambling that becomes problematic and leads to the experience of negative consequences in an individual’s life.” Hailey Shafir, LPCS, LCAS, CCS-I said. It was merely created to allow people to hold onto false hope. It makes everyone believe that it is a form of entertainment that focuses only on providing happy and encouraging emotions. But those ideologies are all lies. It will never support any emotional and psychological development at all angles because it feeds with anxiety and depression. It only caters to self-destruction.
Sadly, people do not see it. Or should I say, they do not tend to acknowledge its destructive components. Gambling may seem a perfect solution for an instant burst of thrill and excitement. But it will never create lasting benefits to every aspect of life. Not only gambling makes someone financially unstable, but it also adds to the pressure of always wanting to get more and even bigger expectations, which is by the way not healthy for both emotional and psychological states. That is due to the “Problem gamblers tend to minimize their problem or deny that their gambling has become uncontrolled.” That is according to Jeremy Frank PhD CADC, a Philadelphia Psychologist & Addiction Counselor.
Honestly, the ironic part is that a lot of people are still into gambling. A lot of them are looking at the habit indifferently. Some say it is merely for entertainment. Others use it for adrenaline booster, while some are viewing it as a source for a chance of a lifetime. You see, gamblers are not thinking straight. And the reason why almost a considerable percentage of these people are addicted to gambling is because of their perception of what the habit is. Most gamblers often love to excuse themselves by telling people that gambling (for them) is advantageous because it makes them happy. However, contrary to that point of view, gambling – in connection with losing a lot of money – pushes someone to become unpredictably greedy, hopeless, anxious, and depressed.
But with everybody’s defense, I am not saying that an individual that gamble is already addicted to the habit. There are just those individuals who get considered because of the unsurprising negative life changes they experience after getting hooked with gambling. Seriously, what is it in gambling that makes a lot of people addicted?
Why You Need To Stop
If you are still in denial of yourself that you cannot admit to being a gambling addict, you might want to reconsider. Look at yourself and picture out how massive the changes in your life have been. Calculate all the money you spent betting a lot without considering ten times fold chances of losing. Look at your surroundings and think about those people who used to stay by your side. If negative things that impact all of these factors don’t affect you, please seek professional help immediately. As psychiatrist Dr. Henrietta Bowden-Jones said, “If people were able to say ‘I am a problem gambler’ in the same way that they say ‘I am an alcoholic’ then it would protect them.”