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Gambling addiction refers to continuous and repeated problematic gambling behaviour that leads to significant negative consequences and/or distress for the struggling person. It is also known as problem gambling, pathological gambling or gambling disorder.



  • Having a strong urge to gamble and/or pre-occupation with thoughts of gambling

  • Feeling irritable when trying to stop or cut back on gambling and/or having been unsuccessful in doing so

  • Gambling when feeling stressed or troubled

  • Trying to gamble again after losing in hopes of winning the money back  (i.e., chasing losses)

  • Gambling with increasing amounts of money over time in order to get excited or ‘high’

  • Lying to cover up gambling behaviour

  • Has had a significant relationship, job or educational opportunity negatively affected due to gambling behaviour

  • Borrowing money to gamble or repay gambling debts


A struggling person does not have to be experiencing all the above signs. In fact, without help, the effects could worsen over time. But the good news is, gambling addiction can be addressed with proper and timely intervention. Recovery is very possible, and there is hope of being free.

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