What is gambling addiction and how to cure it, signs of gambling addiction
Help for addicts
Before starting to bet on sports, every newbie in betting should definitely study what gambling addiction is, how it manifests itself and how it threatens. Unfortunately, many young bettors believe that they do not have literally 10-15 minutes to study this seemingly secondary topic, which later turns out to be a “time bomb” for them. In order not to get into a really difficult situation in the future, it is better to find these 10-15 minutes and not join their ranks.
- What is gambling addiction?
- Signs of gambling addiction
- Causes and likely consequences
- What's the first thing to do?
- Summing up
What is gambling addiction?
Pathological addiction to gambling, which is placed above professional activity and everyday life, is called gambling addiction. When betting starts to take up a lot of time, which affects the fulfillment of their responsibilities in the family and at work, and this leads to severe material losses and social upheavals (quarrels in the family and management at work), you should radically rethink your game at sports betting …
Signs of gambling addiction
What is described above is an already neglected case of gambling addiction, which has led to a strong complication of the bettor's life. To avoid this stage, it is worth remembering the first signs of gambling addiction and, if they are detected, start taking immediate measures:
- Severe depression with multiple losses;
- The desire to quit the main job and start making a living with bets;
- Justification of frequent losses by bad luck and chance, and not by personal mistakes and a weak level of play in the bookmaker's office;
- Psychological impossibility to stop playing in bookmaker even when playing large sums;
- Hiding big losses from the family, which leads to tension in the relationship;
- Thoughts constantly revolve around sports betting: what to change in the strategy, how to recoup, etc.
If bets gradually start to take up most of the time, this begins to affect the state of mind and relationships with loved ones – this is 100% gambling addiction.
Causes and likely consequences
The main reason for gambling addiction lies in two things:
- Large earnings, received not on a permanent basis, but in rare moments;
- Unwillingness to admit your own weakness in rates.
The real trap for bettors is wins at high odds, even if the bet was made for a small amount.
Bettor understands that he can win a large sum of money at a high odds, since he managed to do it earlier, so he bets every time after another loss. When the loss becomes tangible, the bettor continues to bet, believing that a big win is just around the corner. He runs out of money of his own, forcing him to borrow from friends or relatives. Some users even take loans from the bank.
This money is already being lost, but the gain that will cover all losses and get a good profit does not come. At this time, psychological depression begins, bets are made under great psychological pressure, this leads to frequent losses and regular monetary losses. Depression exacerbates relationships in the family and at work, which further exacerbates the psychological crisis and leads to poor play in the office. Finally, the borrowed money is also completely lost.
Friends and relatives begin to demand to repay the debt, but there is no money, which can lead to a break in relations with them. It is for this reason that families sometimes fall apart and friends are lost. The result is sad: no money could be earned, relations with loved ones were shaken or interrupted.
This path can be avoided by people who do not set goals to earn only with the help of sports bets, soberly comprehend life, psychologically balanced, not living in “pink glasses”.
What's the first thing to do?
Realizing that gambling addiction begins to gradually embrace, the bettor must first of all admit: as a bettor, he is too weak and will not be able to learn how to make money by betting.
The second step is to block the gambling account, such an opportunity is specifically provided for by a number of licensed bookmakers and is indicated in their rules.
For example, on the main page of the BC Fonbet website, there is a section called “Responsible Gaming”, go here.
In the designated subsections, Fonbet describes in detail what gambling addiction is and how to detect it. It is worth familiarizing yourself with them without fail. The subsection “Self-exclusion from the game” describes in detail how to block a gaming account, which will not allow betting in the office itself.
Specifically, how to block an account is described in clause 2.11 of the Rules.
But such points can be seen in the rules of BC League of Stakes.
Here, the bettor has the right to apply not only to block the account, but at first he can simply limit his betting limits and bet amounts. The introduction of limits does not solve the essence of the problem when the gambling addiction has taken on large proportions. If the bettor continues to place bets even with small amounts, then with the first small wins, he may break again, believing that success has already come, and it is time to earn large sums of money, it is time to increase the limits.
Absolutely everyone can become addicted to gambling, and you should not think, just starting to bet on sports, that this will definitely not affect me. Gambling addiction sneaks up too quietly and imperceptibly, many people understand their gambling addiction already at too late stages, when “too much firewood has been broken”. It is for this reason that, before starting to get acquainted with the world of betting, you should immediately comprehend what gambling addiction is and how to deal with it when its first signs appear, and you should not hesitate to do this.