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Warning Signs - Gambling

Warning signs of a Gambling problem

These warning signs may signal that you or someone you love has developed a problem with gambling. If any of these signs sound familiar, reach out for free, confidential support.

  • Constantly thinking about gambling (reliving past gambling experiences, planning the next venture, thinking of ways to get gambling money, etc.)
  • Being secretive about gambling habits and defensive when confronted
  • Lying to family and others about the extent of gambling
  • Increasing bet amounts to achieve the desired excitement (“high”)
  • Trying unsuccessfully to control, cut back or stop gambling
  • Feeling restless or irritable when not gambling
  • Gambling to escape problems
  • Chasing losses with more gambling
  • Committing crimes to finance gambling
  • Jeopardizing or losing relationships, jobs, education or career opportunities because of gambling
  • Relying on others to relieve a desperate financial situation caused by gambling

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