Gambling disorder – are you a compulsive gambler?
Most of the time, people keep denying their own dangerous habits. It is more difficult to get professional help if we are not aware of the seriousness of our problem. The following 20 questions from Gamblers Anonymous, an addict support organization, are designed to help you determine if you are a compulsive gambler.
Did you ever lose time from work or school due to gambling?
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 or efficiency?
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 all your money was gone?
Did you ever borrow to finance your gambling?
Have you ever sold anything to finance gambling?
Were you reluctant to use “gambling money” for normal expenditures?
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, trouble, boredom, loneliness, grief or loss?
Have you ever committed, or considered committing, an illegal act to finance gambling?
Did gambling cause you to have difficulty 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?