Most of us have bet a lunch on something, a humiliating task on something or some other silly thing from time to time just for fun.  While that’s usually forgotten for the most part, some people struggle with gambling so greatly that it ruins their lives before too long.  A gambling disorder is a psychological condition, and therefore a medical condition.  Sadly, it isn’t one that presents outward symptoms like wearing a cast or walking with a limp, but instead it inflicts its damage silently and often without the knowledge of family or friends until that damage is so severe that it’s very difficult to ever overcome.  If you’re worried about someone you think may be gambling too much, you need to act on that instinct and find out more as soon as you can.

Swift Recovery Solutions has helped a lot of people overcome gambling addictions and other forms of problem gambling.  We understand that it can be difficult to take steps to help someone who may not be open to it, but the first step is understanding what could be wrong.  From there, if you still think this person needs help, we can step in and guide you through the process.  To start, we’d like to provide you with a basic overview of some of the common behaviors associated with problem gambling.

Problem Gambling – Common Warning Signs

If you know someone who may be having problems gambling, there were likely already some things that popped up that led to your concern.  Some common behaviors exhibited by problem gamblers include:

  • Always knowing about spreads on sporting contests or other gambling-related information
  • Regularly talking about needing money
  • Asking others for money for some sort of short-term loan
  • Lying about money or other mysterious behavior
  • Committing illegal acts to find more money
  • Acting in increasingly irrational ways
  • Mood swings

There are many other warning signs that someone is a problem gambler, but most people have internal triggers that tell them that something is wrong when they see potentially troubling behavior.

Generally speaking, people who have a gambling problem are unable to control their urge to gamble, which means that they will stop at nothing to bet on something, even if it means stealing from family or friends to fund the habit for that day.  This win-loss roller coaster can lead to wild mood swings, as some people in this position appear almost manic when they’re winning and depressed when they’re losing.

What to Do If You’re Concerned

If you’re concerned that a loved one is losing money because of gambling, you need to take immediate steps to help that person.  Unfortunately, that person will ultimately need to decide that he or she needs help before anything productive can really be done, but if you start by talking to that person, it could get things moving in the right direction.  People with gambling problems often lose friends, jobs or even their families because of the financial ruin this habit creates.

The first place you should look to help is with Swift Recovery Solutions.  We’re a group of experienced professionals who have helped people with all sorts of addiction or misuse problems get past these difficult times in their lives and restore health and happiness.  We work directly with insurance companies and employers, so you won’t have to be concerned about hiding anything or backlash from talking to us.  Answers are what you need right now, and that’s exactly what we can and hope to be able to provide for you.  Contact us today.

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