A Compulsive Gambler Woke Up One Morning And Realized They Have A Gambling Problem

A compulsive gambler woke up one morning and realized they have a gambling problem. The signs of their gambling addiction have been there all along. As their mind begins to race they look at all the signs that were apparent, but few people around them ever gave it a second thought.

The gambler looks back and realizes the following signs were there for them and their family and friend:

They spent a significant amount of time gambling. At first it was one day a week then it became five days week. Family and friends noticed they weren’t around as much anymore.

Their money was dwindling fast and available cash flow was almost nonexistent. Family and friends notice they weren’t going out to eat as much, was becoming very frugal (only bought one box of girl scout cookies even though they bought at least twenty boxes a year for the past five years), didn’t take a vacation in over two years when they normally would go away at the minimum two times a year and cut spending more then in half when it came time for birthday and holiday gifts.

Coming into work late, not completing assignments and getting written up for not following procedures.

They became very neglectful of their family. The told them they would be home by dinner time only to show up three hours later with no real excuse but would tell them they won big at the casino.

They lost money and felt bad about it, but didn’t do anything to stop this self destructive behavior.

As their problems increased, going to the casino was away of reducing my stress when in reality it only increased it. The short time there they remember feeling good.

They borrowed money from friends and family to keep up with their habit. The family and friends knew basically the amount of money they earned. They now also realize that they should have looked a little deeper into what was really going on and why did they really needed this money?

The signs were there but nobody was willing to step up and help them face this addiction before it was too late and they lost everything.

Now that this gambler has woken up they have taken the first step on their road to recovery. The next move is to seek help and go forward with their life.

Mr. Howard Keith has an extensive background in dealing with compulsive gamblers, relatives and friends of gamblers and teenage gamblers. Mr. Keith believes there are many alternatives to aid in the recovery of a gambling addiction verses a twelve step program. A large percentage of his emails were from compulsive gamblers looking for an alternative to Gamblers Anonymous and twelve step programs. Gamblers Anonymous also helps a significant number of people each year but there is a large percentage that they are unable to reach.