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Compulsive gambling is a very real problem, one that usually requires professional help. There are some facts about this condition that everyone should understand. If you have a compulsive gambling problem then this will impact every area of your life, and it can create a devastating cycle that only ends when you are ruined in every way if you do not seek professional help. For some individuals the act of gambling can stimulate the same area of the brain that cause drug or alcohol abuse, and this is the considered the reward center in the brain. When the reward center is stimulated you feel pleasure and this leads to addiction, whether you are using a substance or engaging in other activities. The only way to stop this addiction is with professional treatment that addresses the specific causes in each situation.

There are many symptoms that can indicate a problem with compulsive gambling. These symptoms include:

  • Frequent financial problems due to gambling losses. When you gamble money that you can not afford to lose, like your mortgage money or grocery money needed to feed your family, then you may have a compulsive gambling problem.

  • Frequently lying about gambling or the money that was lost is another indication that you need help.

  • If you try to borrow money from friends and family in order to keep gambling then this activity is a problem and help is needed.

  • Stealing in order to fuel your compulsive gambling and addiction is another sign that there is a problem you need to address.

There is help for compulsive gambling, and professional treatment can help you get your life back on track!