Two Types of Problem Gamblers

Two Types of Problem Gamblers

Compulsive gamblers fall into two main types—action and escape gamblers.   Action gamblers tend to appear egotistical, controlling, successful, and outgoing. They begin gambling because they believe they can become skillful enough to beat the odds.  This pursuit...
Gambling Disorder vs. Substance Use Disorder

Gambling Disorder vs. Substance Use Disorder

Differences and Similarities Both chemical dependency and pathological gambling are disorders resulting in negative consequences for the person and almost always the family. Despite many similarities there are some poignant differences. The general public has absorbed...
Four Phases of Problem Gambling

Four Phases of Problem Gambling

Compulsive gamblers often follow a pattern of behavior that is outlined in four distinct phases. The Winning Phase A gambling addiction often begins with the experience of a “big win,” which results in more frequent gambling and increased wagers. With an enhanced...
10 Rules of Responsible Gambling

10 Rules of Responsible Gambling

1) If you choose to gamble, do so for entertainment purposes. If your gambling is no longer an enjoyable activity then ask yourself why you are still “playing.” 2) Treat the money you lose as the cost of your entertainment. Treat any winnings as a bonus. 3) Set a...
Harm Reduction

Harm Reduction

Harm reduction is defined as “reducing the harm associated with gambling” or “increasing the safety related to continued gambling.”  The intent of a harm reduction approach is to decrease the amount of money and time spent gambling in addition to consequences incurred...