Gambling Addiction is a progressive disorder causing disruptions in every area of a person’s life – psychological, physical, social, and vocational.
Gambling addiction is a progressive disorder in which an individual presents a persistent, maladaptive pattern of gambling related behavior that disrupts personal, family, or vocational pursuits. It is defined as any time a person wagers something of value on an event with an uncertain outcome.
Gambling can be considered an addiction when a person continues to participate in their betting activities even when they are facing consequences in their life. It was first recognized as a diagnosis by the American Psychiatric Association in 1980 in their publication of the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
" Gambling can be considered an addiction when a person continues to participate in their betting activities even when they are facing consequences in their life."
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.