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We all know losing hurts. But to a problem gambler, it can become an obsession. Problem gambling is an emotional illness that is defined as an uncontrolled urge to gamble. The problem gambler will seek relief through even more gambling with often devastating results. Repeated gambling can eventually affect and literally destroy the financial and emotional states of both the gambler and his/her family.
Like other compulsive disorders, this disease does not discriminate based on age, race, religion, sex or even financial or social status. Anyone could become a problem gambler. But there is good news; once the problem is identified, successful treatment is available.
The warning signs:
Help is on the way.
If you or someone you know is feeling the fear, frustration or anger associated with problem gambling, there is a place you can go to get help. Just call for local treatment and support groups in your area. 1-800-522-4700
Caring and knowledgeable counselors can provide information and assistance 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Your phone call will be completely confidential and will be answered by someone who understands your needs and will not judge or further your pain. You are not alone.