The Dangers of Gambling

Gambling is when people place something of value on the outcome of a game of chance, whether it’s a football match, a scratchcard or betting with friends. If they’re right and win, they gain money. But if they’re wrong, they lose the money they placed on the event. Depending on how much they bet, this can quickly spiral out of control.

Often, gamblers use gambling as a form of escapism or a source of thrill. But more importantly, it can be a way to fulfil basic human needs like status or belonging. This is especially true in casinos where individuals can be encouraged to play games that foster feelings of prestige and specialness.

Aside from causing psychological harm, gambling can also lead to financial problems and can have negative effects on relationships. For example, those with a gambling problem may lie or downplay their addiction, and they can even go to extreme lengths to feed their habit, such as going into debt or engaging in illegal activities to get more funds. This can make loved ones feel angry, betrayed and resentful, which may lead to long-lasting damage to their relationships.

While it may take courage and strength to admit you have a gambling problem, it’s definitely possible to break the cycle. Many people who struggle with gambling have managed to overcome the issue and rebuild their lives. This is where a therapist comes in, and we can help you find one with our free, online therapy service.