All games of money and chance are risky. Even though most people remain social gamblers, no one is safe from developing problematic or excessive behaviours. According to your habits, you will be able to identify yourself within one or another of these categories :
- Social Gambler: Gambling does not cause any problems. You only gamble to have fun. It therefore represents a recreational activity. If it remains like this, then it is a good sign.
- At-risk Gambler: Gambling causes some problems and may be the reason for some of the quarrels with your loved ones. Do you feel guilty and at times depressed? Does your gambling often lead to large expenses and debts? There is still time to remedy the situation and avoid the negative impacts it may have on your life and the lives of your loved ones. Do not wait until several aspects of your life are affected by this gambling problem.
- Excessive Gambler: Do your gambling behaviours lead to negative consequences in many aspects of your life? Is your gambling obsession about to shatter your relationship? Are you indebted to the point of sometimes living in poverty? Do you feel anxious or think you may be depressed? Do you have suicidal thoughts? If you have answered yes to any of these questions, we are there to support, inform and guide you towards specialized help. Please call Gambling: Help and Referral at 1-800-461-0140. One of our counselors will listen and guide you.
If one of your loved ones exhibits behaviours corresponding to the previous categories, we can also support and refer you towards appropriate resources. Addiction to gambling does not only affect the gambler, but his or her loved ones as well. You are not alone: Call us.
From mere entertainment to deep despair
Social gambler, at-risk gambler or excessive gambler, the primary motivation remains the same: these people start gambling for mere entertainment. For the majority of them, the game will remain a game, whereas for a certain percentage, it could take on worrying proportions. With this in mind, we can identify the four phases prone to lead to a gambling addiction. Fortunately, a gambler with addictive behaviours can, at any moment, become aware of his or her habits and work on them to lead a healthier lifestyle.