A gambling problem can negatively affect an individual's home life, financial status, career, education, social relationships, and physical and emotional health.
The Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling, Inc. has information on various resources that can help if you have a gambling problem. Whether it be through 12-step support group meetings, treatment with a counselor who is certified to treat gambling addiction, self-help recovery workbooks or any of the other resources that the FCCG has to offer, it is important to know that help is available! For more information on these resources, please visit our Programs section or call our 24 hour confidential, multilingual Helpline at 888-ADMIT-IT (888-236-4848).
"A compulsive gambler will do anything to stay in action even if it means neglecting family, missing work or depleting savings accounts."
Compulsive gambling can have a devastating effect in any area of an individual’s life. Of course, financial problems are the first thing that comes to mind but other areas such as work, relationships and mental health are also affected.
A compulsive gambler will do anything to stay in action even if it means neglecting family, missing work or depleting savings accounts. Oftentimes a compulsive gambler will resort to illegal activities to finance their gambling addiction (fraud, larceny and embezzlement are a few examples). This type of behavior can cause irreparable damage if not addressed as soon as possible.
"Oftentimes a compulsive gambler will resort to illegal activities to finance their gambling addiction"
Further, compulsive gamblers have a strong tendency to attempt suicide as they feel there is no way to change their behavior and correct the harm that has been done. National statistics show that 1 in 5 compulsive gamblers will attempt suicide. This is the highest rate of suicide among addictive disorders.
Thankfully, help is available and gambling addiction can be treated if recognized. If you need assistance, contact our 24 hour, confidential Helpline 888-ADMIT-IT (888-236-4848) for resources and support.