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Treating Gambling Problems


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Treating Gambling Problems
Gambling involves taking huge risks in anything of value for an uncertain event or
occurrence carrying hopes of winning something that has a much greater value that what one
risks, in most cases it is called betting. Betting requires lovers of practice to take risks
continually, of monetary value or intrinsic value, in order to win a given object, item, or an
award of both intrinsic and sentimental value. There are many locations where people can
participate in gambling. For instance, Las Vegas is the leading gambling point in the United
States. However, across the world, there are a number of general worldwide gambling stations
such as church halls, casinos, gas stations, inclusive of both online and offshore stations.
Gambling is becoming a very popular sport in the world owing to the sports fantasy leagues,
multi-million dollars winners and World Series of Poker tournaments through television
broadcasts (Howatt and McCown, 2007).
Gambling occurs in numerous forms and diversions depending on the people who take
part in it. Common forms of gambling include scratch off tickets and lotteries whereby
participants or bettors risk a few dollars for a chance to win millions in prizes or cash. These
lotteries and other gambling games range from traditional games at the casino such as blackjack
and roulette, to stock market and bingo. These games require chance and skill, for example,
playing dominoes and throwing dice. In addition, people can also bet on other games where they
do not participate directly but rely on the outcomes of the game, such as horse races, football
games, elections, or for some change, the weather. Gambling involves anything whereby the
outcome is uncertain. In a gambling game, odds makers determine payouts and odds while
bookies handle the exchange of money. Gambling is very addictive especially if participants
cannot control their desires to win (Howatt and McCown, 2007).
Addiction to gambling occurs when one has a tendency of winning, or harbors the hope
of winning in every gambling or bet that they participate. For instance, if individual wins in most

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lotteries and scratch of tickets that they buy, they will do it frequently. They do this so often even
if they do not win, harboring the hope that they will one day wins. At this stage, the individual is
already an addict of the gambling game or lottery that they always participate. As such, they will
prioritize every little cent or money that they take for their gambling practices rather than putting
the money in more important activities such as provision of basic necessities in life such as food,
shelter, clothing and education. The severe addicts of this practice of gambling are those who
win from time to time, even if they do not win big. They continue to play frequently with the
hope of hitting a jackpot someday (Howatt and McCown, 2007).
Gambling addiction is a very serious ‘disease’ especially those who do not know how to
control their habits. For instance, numerous cases of an individual are on record of those who
owe others gambling debts escalating into millions of dollars. In fact, some states such as in the
United States, and in the republic of Korea, the governments has clear records of people who
died from gambling debts, or gambling related causes. In fact, gambling debts are on record of
bringing down wealthy aristocrats who are addicts to their gambling practices. This is because
their snobbishness, and desire to expand their wealth much faster, push them to bet a significant
portion of their property or wealth as collateral for their gambling bids. As a result, when they
lose a gambling bet they also end up losing their money and property, and this mark the onset of
their bankruptcy due to gambling (Howatt and McCown, 2007).
Furthermore, the need to reclaim their property, or win their money back from the
gambling bets, drives them to take massive debts in order to use as collateral for their successive
gambling bets. As such, more loses drain them off their property and wealth, sinking them
deeper and deeper into bankruptcy. These persons sometimes even end up in jail paying up for
their gambling debts, an occurrence that would not take place if they manage to control their
gambling addictions. Therefore, it is always advisable for a frequent gambler to control their

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gambling practices in order to keep abreast all the repercussions that arise from such addictions,
such as loss of property and wealth. Other things that an individual can lose due to gambling
include the loss of friendships and acquaintances, and even the loss of their freedom when they
have to end up in jail paying for their gambling debts (Howatt and McCown, 2007).
An individual addicted to gambling can undertake a number of strategies in order to
control their gambling addictions. For starters, one can gamble only if he has something to bet
with as collateral for the gambling bet. In this case, of company employees, most of the
employees gamble because they have money to gamble with, at least what they earn from their
salaries. As such, most company employees who are addicts to this gambling practice bet a large
chunk of their income on uncertain gambling bets, most of which they do not even win. This
makes them so poor and they do not develop financially due to the losses they encounter from
gambling. As such, it is common to find a senior employee in the management position living the
life of a general casual worker because he bet most of his salary on gambling, and most probably
did not win (Howatt and McCown, 2007).
In order to stop gambling, one must have a sound financial respect for both his money
and the money from others. This financial discipline will enable him or her to put priorities on
the most significant aspects for the development and advancement of their lives, such as the
necessities rather than gambling, which usually ranks as first priority for most gamblers who are
addicts. Once an individual has financial discipline he or she will be able to control their betting
practices, and hence control their gambling practices. This financial discipline comes from
keeping money in the bank instead of walking around with cash, betting using solid property
instead of credit cards, and having an entrepreneurial mind. This means all the extra cash that an
individual has, and is tempted to use for gambling, he or she puts it into a lucrative venture that

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