In order to have a “gambling addiction” or be a “compulsive gambler,” a person doesn’t have to be out of control with their gambling. In fact, compulsive gamblers can’t control the impulse to gamble, even when they know their gambling has negative consequences. Gambling is something they will engage in, regardless of the consequences. Therefore, they will require a gambling addiction intervention to overcome this addiction.
Why Gambling Addiction Intervention is Necessary
Compulsive gamblers keep gambling whether they’re up or down, broke or flush. Even when they know the odds are against them, people with a gambling addiction can’t refrain from placing a bet. (adaptation from helpguide.org)
Gambling addiction is sometimes a “hidden illness” because there are no obvious physical signs or symptoms. Moreover, problem gamblers typically deny or minimize the problem. They also go to great lengths to hide their gambling.
Unfortunately, it’s often easier for the problem gambler to carry on their behavior, even if those around them are aware of it. If you think someone in your life might have a problem gambling, please call Compassionate Interventions in Portland, Oregon for a free consultation. Visit our addiction treatment resources page for more information. In addition, learn more about Compassionate Interventions and our services.