Problem Gambling

Information and educational resources

How do you know if someone has a problem with gambling?

There is no stereotypical compulsive gambler since they come in all ages and both genders.

Signs of problem gambling

  • Increasing the frequency of gambling activity
  • Increasing the amount of money being gambled
  • Gambling for longer periods of time or with more money than originally planned
  • Spending an excessive amount of free time gambling
  • Thinking or daydreaming about gambling or getting money to gamble
  • Missing school, family activities or work to gamble
  • Experiencing a special and intense pleasure or an aroused sense of being in "action" while gambling
  • Continuing to gamble despite negative consequences, such as:
    • Large losses
    • Being late to or missing school
    • Experiencing family problems
  • Gambling to cope with loneliness, anger, stress or depression
  • "Chasing" or having an urgent need to continue gambling, increasing the amount of bets or taking more chances in order to make up for a loss or series of losses
  • Borrowing, stealing or selling personal items to obtain money to gamble
  • Bragging about wins, but not talking about losses
  • Having frequent mood swings, higher when winning, lower when losing
  • Lying or being secretive to keep family and friends from knowing how much money is gambled

Information courtesy of the Calvary Addiction Recovery Center

Additional Information

Watch Bobbe McGinley of Calvary Addiction Recovery Center discuss problem gambling on KTVK's Good Day Arizona.