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Getting Help For Gambling Problems


Gambling is the betting of something of value (money, possessions or time) with an awareness of risk and the hope of gain. It includes activities involving chance, skill and a conscious choice of risks. People may gamble in social and private contexts such as playing card games, using dice or the lottery. In addition, many workplaces organize gambling pools for different events like the Super Bowl or reality TV shows. Private gambling usually involves a small amount of money and is done for fun or social interaction rather than profit. Some government-run lotteries offer prizes such as cash or goods. The chances of winning or losing a lottery are usually low.

Research suggests that some people who experience adverse consequences from gambling have a psychological problem. Several models have been proposed, including behavioral-environmental reasons, a general theory of addictions and reward deficiency syndrome. However, a consensus has not been reached about whether these models adequately explain the nature of pathological gambling.

The first step to getting help for a gambling problem is acknowledging that you have one. This can be difficult, especially if the problem has caused financial harm or strained relationships. Many people with gambling problems try to hide their problem or rationalize their behavior. Seek out support from family and friends. You may also want to consider professional counseling. BetterHelp offers online therapy that matches you with a licensed, accredited therapist in your area. Take the assessment and get matched in as little as 48 hours.