Written by: Michele Harrison ...........................




If you are not sure if your gambling has crossed the line into gambling addiction, ask yourself these questions.
- When I am not feeling good about myself, am I gambling to help me cope with life?
- Am I engaging in gambling behaviour that I would like to stop or have control over but can't?
- Is gambling controlling me or am I in charge?
- Can I stop doing gambling right now?


If you answered yes to any of these, then you are engaging in an act that you wish you could stop, but can't, this is known as an addiction. Therefore, something or someone is in charge of you, you are no longer are in control.

Features of Gambling addiction are: Loneliness, Boredom, Isolation, Trauma, Grief and Loss, Shame, Anger. You are either chasing the 'win' or trying to recover your 'loses'.

Costs of Gambling addiction can lead to; Loss of financial status, friends, family, job, house, bankruptcy, suicide, fraudulent activity and possibility prison.

Gambling in Australia is a big part of our culture and heritage. It is also a social activity that commences as just plain old fun, however for one out of six gamblers, it can become a serious problem. Children with a parent who is a problem gambler are up to 10 times more likely than getting involved in gambling activities and getting addicted.

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When you think about gambling or are gambling, do you hear yourself thinking?
- I can win, I won before, I can do again
- I like the lights, drinks, and atmosphere. When I put in more money than I can afford, plus more,
- I ask myself why can't I stop
- I want to stop this insanity, but feel compelled to continue




Why at Essential Life Change do we support abstinence?
Because when you decide to continue gambling, at a slower pace, betting less, evidence shows that you will be able to control this for a certain amount of time, however gambling addiction is progressive. Controlling your addiction, takes a great deal of time, to ensure you keep within not crossing that invisible line again into addictive behavior. 

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$1 could be too much and the next $500 isn't enough anymore. It just doesn't give you the same hit. It doesn't numb you into denial about life. You may not know when you have crossed that invisible line again, into addictive behavior. Continual addictive behavior can have serious consequences, that can lead to depression, suicide, loss of family. Don't let this be you.

By remaining abstinent, and in support of an experienced addictions counsellor, we believe this opens the window of opportunity for change. Change brings different outcomes. Life can change and be rewarding again. Relationships can often be restored and life can be lived not just survived.


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