Compulsive Gamblers – Five ways to detect one?

If the truth be known probably more of us know at least one compulsive gambler than actually realize it. By this I mean it is probably more common than you realize and it is just that we don’t really know what are the correct signs that we need to look for.

By definition, a compulsive gambler is someone who is not able to resist the urge to gamble. This obsession or urge can sometimes lead more often than not too severe personal and social consequences. The compulsion for gambling ultimately becomes so difficult to control about the stress induced by gambling company be controlled perversely by gambling more.

If we take a look at five basic signs that you may be dealing with a compulsive gambler they are as follows. The most obvious sign being that the person as they say walks talks and breathes gambling. They possibly have an obsession and a desire to justify their compulsion by trying to rationalize it within their own mind and discuss it with anybody who’s prepared to listen. With the compulsive gambler, the word and concept “enough” does not exist

Alongside this first sign of obsession is an inability to stop. They either cannot stall all we will not stop. Like all true addictions the excessive gambler becomes irritable when they cannot gamble. Unable to cope with this form of gambling “cold turkey” they then gamble more to relieve stress.

Sadly this leads to the next tell-tale sign to look for. The compulsive gambler then starts quite honestly to lose their grip on reality. They have to start to lie and tell untruths to hide their habit but sadly this does not extend to ceasing to brag about winning which does tend to give the game away for want of a better euphemism. Finally the thin line between reality and fantasy becomes totally blurred for the compulsive gambler.

The next sign to look for with the compulsive gambler is that quite often after a while they start to hit financial problems. Mortgage and refinance payments start to get missed and loans are quite often refinanced to fund their addiction.

Sadly at the end of it all the compulsive gambler heads toward self-destruction as their relationship with friends becoming jeopardized in relationships with loved ones and friends are collapsing fast. There is an increasing degree of shame and remorse felt after the gambling and with that darkness some sadly contemplate and even worse attempt suicide. At this point the compulsive gambler has lost all control whatsoever. They become quite often manipulative, irritable, argumentative and quite scheming. They tend to lose interest in a lot of their regular activities and hobbies manufacturing quite pathetically poor excuses as to their whereabouts and absence from their normal routine. A sense of time is completely lost at this point and as has been mentioned before the thin line between reality and fantasy has been crossed totally and their grip upon reality becomes extremely tenuous.

At the end of the day only when they either hit rock bottom or their loved ones and family demand remedial action can they actually do something positive about it.