Essay about Gambling Addiction

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What is Gambling Addiction?
While it may appear that addictions are solely pleasure-seeking behaviors, the roots of addiction can also be traced to a wish to suppress or avoid some kind of emotional pain.
In the broadest sense, addictive or pathological gambling is gambling behavior which causes disruptions in any major area of life: psychological, physical, social or vocational. Addictive gambling is sometimes referred to as the "hidden illness," because there are no visible physical symptoms. The American Psychological Association classifies compulsive gambling as a mental health disorder of impulse control. It is a chronic and progressive disease that is both diagnosable and treatable. About 2 to 4 percent of Americans have an active
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* Has gambling ever made your home life unhappy? * Did gambling affect your reputation? * Have you ever felt remorse after gambling? * Did you ever gamble to get money with which to pay debts or otherwise solve financial difficulties? * Did gambling cause a decrease in your ambition or efficiency? * After losing did you feel you must return as soon as possible and win back your losses? * After a win did you have a strong urge to return and win more? * Did you often gamble until your last dollar was gone? * Did you ever borrow to finance your gambling? * Have you ever sold anything to finance gambling? * Were you reluctant to use "gambling money" for normal expenditures? * Did gambling make you careless of the welfare of yourself or your family? * Did you ever gamble longer than you had planned? * Have you ever gambled to escape worry or trouble? * Have you ever committed, or considered committing, an illegal act to finance gambling? * Did gambling cause you to have difficulty in sleeping? * Do arguments, disappointments or frustrations create within you an urge to gamble? * Did you ever have an urge to celebrate any good fortune by a few hours of gambling? * Have you ever considered self destruction or suicide as a result of your gambling?
According to Gamblers Anonymous, if you answer “yes” to seven of more of these questions, you most likely have a compulsive gambling
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