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About Gambling Addiction

An estimated 5% to 7% of the U.S. population struggles with some form of gambling addiction, according to the National Gambling Impact Study Commission. The rate of problem gambling among teens and young adults can be two to three times that of adults, according to Ohio Responsible Gambling. Regardless of age, a gambling disorder is an illness much like other addictions and is progressive in nature. However, the urge to gamble can be managed with treatment and support.

Gambling becomes a problem when it disrupts a person’s mental, physical or spiritual health; his or her work, school or other activities; and his or her personal relationships, finances and/or reputation. According to the American Psychiatric Association the term “problem gambling” includes pathological or compulsive gambling, a progressive addiction characterized by a range of behaviors.

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Do I Have a Problem?

The following screener from Gamblers Anonymous can help determine whether someone is or is becoming gambling dependent. Please answer all 20 questions.

For help understanding these results, please call us at (513) 381-6672 and we can confidentially discuss opportunities and options based on the patient’s need. Or click here to email us in the strictest confidence.

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Concerned young man worrying about gambling debts

Spotting the Signs

Addiction often refers to continued gambling despite negative consequences. Usually there are compulsions that contribute to this continued use.

Addiction symptoms can include:

  • A willingness to jeopardize a job or a relationship for gambling
  • Preoccupation with gambling or thinking of how to get money to gamble
  • Restlessness or irritability when not gambling
  • A need to bet more money more frequently
  • Gambling to win back, or chase, what has been lost
  • Lying to hide time or money spent gambling
  • A willingness to do something illegal to get money for gambling
  • Using gambling to escape from the world
  • A failure to stop, in spite of mounting negative consequences
  • Frequent unexplained absences
  • Bragging about winning or exaggerating wins and downplaying losses

While it’s true that dependency and addiction often go hand-in-hand, proper assessment and diagnostic impressions are crucial to determine the severity of one’s condition. CAT uses a multi-disciplinary team to assess and create an individualized treatment plan.