People Continue To Gamble Even Though They Continue To Lose

People continue to gamble even though they have lost a significant amount of money because they believe that their bad luck has to change. These same people never once considered the facts that the odds is already against them.

Gamblers believe at least one or more of the following as they continue to gamble:

Someone has to win and I have lost for so long that the odds of me eventually winning increase. A gambler will hear of someone who won a hundred thousand dollars last week. The gambler enters their imaginary dream world and believes that they are going to win a big jackpot too. Unfortunately the big win never comes.

The last five bets I placed at the roulette wheel I lost. Since all of the bets were on black to win, I know it’s going to come up black next. This behavior pattern is consistent among compulsive gamblers. They do not see themselves losing even though they have won very few times.

A compulsive gambler has a good day at work. They feel lucky now. After work they had down to the local casino to try and hit it big. They get there and are even fortunate enough to hit a small jackpot with in their first half hour. They feel really good inside and believe that today’s the day they are going to win big. An hour latter they already lost the money they won and the money they brought. What do they do next? They go to the ATM machine and believe they are going to win their money back and more. Unfortunately they lost that money too. They head home depressed and upset not knowing what to do next.

A gambler is waiting to play their favorite slot machine. Someone else is sitting in their spot. They wait and watch for a short time. They see the other person putting more and more money into the machine. They wait patiently as the person leaves. They are sure this slot machine is going to pay off. They sit down and feed the machine twenty dollars at time. A short time later they realize they lost all the money in their wallet. AS they proceed to leave another gambler waits to have their chance at a machine that just doesn’t seem to pay off. Unfortunately that gambler also lost their money too.

Every compulsive gambler believes they will win back the money they lost. I met a gambler who was lucky to win three thousand dollars on a Tuesday. The gambler went home feeling happy and satisfied. A feeling they hadn’t had in a while. The next day and the day after that and the day after that the gambler wanted to win more money. In one short week the gambler gave back the money they had won plus another thousand dollars. Once again the gambler was depressed but was still willing to go back one more time even though the odds were against them.

Every compulsive gambler believes that their bad luck has to change when in reality the odds are against them. When gamblers realize that all the material things they wanted they could have had if they didn’t gamble they are taking the first steps on their road to recovery.

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.

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.

Self Help Manuals & Stop Gambling Chat Rooms Help Compulsive Gamblers Recovery To Accelerate

Self help manuals and chat rooms help compulsive gamblers to face their addiction head on. Through this process they are able to realize for the first time in their life that they have been trapped in a world of self destruction.

Self help manuals help the compulsive gambler to see things in a new perspective. While a person in under the grips of this addiction they seem to have a hard time focusing on everyday tasks including work. Then one day they realize they have a problem but are not yet ready to deal with it. They start to learn a little more about what’s happening to them. Even though they realize they have a problem, they don’t know what to do or where to go. In most cases they know about Gamblers Anonymous but are unwilling to reveal their identity. They take the time to surf the internet but still not sure what to do. They see a recovery program that cost less then twenty dollars. They make the excuse that’s ridiculous it should be for free. That same night they decide to go out to the gambling establishment. They lose over three hundred dollars. They now realize they need help. They go back to that same website but have no credit card or means at that point in time to make a purchase. They decide as soon as they get money they will purchase the stop gambling manual. As soon as they get money they forget they ever have an addiction and head right to the local gambling establishment only to start the cycle all over again. Once they have had enough they make the purchase and start their recovery process. A few months later they can not believe what they have done and how this could ever happen to them. This is where the chat rooms come in. The stop gambling chat rooms are filled with people who understand what you have going through. Once the compulsive gambler enters the chat room they realize they are not alone and there are people there who can relate to the road they have traveled.

Self help manuals and self help stop gambling manuals help the compulsive gambler to move forward with their life as the recover. It’s up to the individual to decide what’s right for them as they recover. There are many people who have successfully stopped with Gamblers Anonymous, so it’s important to keep an open mind when finding a recovery program that will works for you.

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.

I Have A Problem Gambling And I Have Lost Everything I Worked For

I hear the words “I have a Problem Gambling and now I lost everything I worked for” everyday from people around the world through their emails. I am amazed that only a year ago things seem to be less dramatic then they are right now when it comes to gambling addictions. The accelerated growth in this addiction is paralleled to the growth in the gaming industry. A significant amount of our population has now been exposed to this industry.

Now that people are addicted to gambling, what should we do? This is a very difficult question to answer but I believe education and awareness to help those inflicted with this hideous addiction.

I have received several emails from people who believe their solutions would help decrease the accelerated growth of those addicted to gambling. The following are examples of those emails:

Outlaw all forms of gambling.

Regulate the gaming industry

Remove all ATM machines from gambling establishments especially casinos that have slot machines.

No check cashing at the casinos

No alcohol allowed in casinos

Gambling establishments should not be allowed to use the postal service to send incentives for people to come to their place to gamble.

No large billboard advertising.

No commercials or sponsoring of the local news.

The above email comments are from those to have suffered due to gambling. It’s not only the gambler but their family and friends who have also been negatively affected.

Remember these words “I have a problem gambling and I have lost everything I worked for”, because this could be you. If you even have the slightest notion you have a problem gambling, face it straight on and you have a chance to recover before you lose everything you have worked so hard for.

If you are one of the ones who have lost everything, you can rebuild your life and move forward. There are so many people who have walked in your shoes. I know this is very painful, but each day will get brighter and brighter.

The good news is there is hope for people to recover from this addiction.

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.