Compulsive gambling is an urge to gamble continuously in spite of harmful negative consequences or a desire to stop. Gambling can cause trouble with your finances, relationships, and emotions. If you can say yes to four or more of the following symptoms, you may be a compulsive gambler who could benefit from speaking to one of our specialists.

– Needs to gamble with increasing amounts of money in order to achieve the desired excitement

– Is restless or irritable when attempting to cut down or stop gambling

– Has made repeated unsuccessful efforts to control, cut back, or stop gambling

– Is often preoccupied with gambling (e.g., having persistent thoughts of reliving past gambling experiences, handicapping or planning the next venture, thinking of ways to get money with which to gamble)

– Often gambles when feeling distressed (e.g., helpless, guilty, anxious, depressed)

– After losing money gambling, often returns another day to get even (“chasing” one’s losses)

– Lies to conceal the extent of involvement with gambling

– Has jeopardized or lost a significant relationship, job, education or career opportunity because of gambling

– Relies on others to provide money to relieve desperate financial situations caused by gambling