yourself the following questions to see if you
may have a gambling problem.
- Did you ever lose time from work or school due
- Has gambling ever made your home life unhappy?
- Did gambling affect your reputation?
- Have you ever felt remorse after gambling?
- Did you ever gamble to get money with which to
pay debts or otherwise solve financial difficulties?
- Did gambling cause a decrease in your ambition
- After losing did you feel you must return as soon
as possible and win back your losses?
- After a win did you have a strong urge to return
and win more?
- Did you often gamble until your last dollar was
- Did you ever borrow to finance your gambling?
- Have you ever sold anything to finance gambling?
- Were you reluctant to use "gambling money" for
- Did gambling make you careless of the welfare of
yourself or your family?
- Did you ever gamble longer than you had planned?
- Have you ever gambled to escape worry or trouble?
- Have you ever committed, or considered committing,
an illegal act to finance gambling?
- Did gambling cause you to have difficulty in sleeping?
- Do arguments, disappointments or frustrations create
within you an urge to gamble?
- Did you ever have an urge to celebrate any good
fortune by a few hours of gambling?
- Have you ever considered self destruction or suicide
as a result of your gambling?
compulsive gamblers will answer yes to at least
seven of these questions. Regardless of how many
questions you answered affirmatively, if you
feel you have a problem, please call 1-888-BETSOFF
(1-888-238-7633) for help or visit the "Get
Help Now" section of this Web site for more
information. Free counseling is available to
20 questions are from Gamblers Anonymous, a self-help
organization for men and women who share experiences,
support and hope to recover from a gambling problem.
For more information about Gamblers Anonymous
or to find a meeting in your area visit the Gamblers
Anonymous Web site at: www.gamblersanonymous.org
Help Is Available
If you feel you or someone you know has a gambling problem, call
(1-888-238-7633). email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Your toll-free call to 1-888-BETSOFF can put you in touch
with people who understand your situation and can refer
in your area.
You can also reach the Help Line counselors via email; emails will be answered within 15 hours.
Compulsive gambling is a behavior disorder in which an individual has an uncontrollable
preoccupation and urge to gamble. This results in excessive gambling, the outcome of
which is loss of time and money.
The gambling reaches the point at which it compromises, disrupts or destroys the
gambler's personal life, family relationships or vocational pursuits. The key
signs are emotional dependence on gambling, loss of control and interference with