How to Spot the Signs
Would you know a gambling problem if you saw it in a friend, loved one, coworker, patient or student? It’s important to know the signs because 3 percent of the population may have a problem, which puts them and their families at financial and emotional risk.
Here are some warning signs:
- Preoccupied with gambling and unable to stop
- Bragging about gambling, exaggerating wins and minimizing losses
- Restless and irritable when not gambling
- Gambling to win back what you’ve lost
- Borrowing money for gambling
- Lying to hide time spent gambling or unpaid debts
- Frequent unexplained absences
- Losing work time because of gambling
- Doing something illegal to get money for gambling
- Jeopardizing a signifiant relationship or job by gambling
Keep it in Perspective
Problem gambling is not a bad habit or a moral weakness. It is a serious condition, but with treatment, problem gamblers can put the game in perspective and make decisions to improve their lives.
Help is available:
If you or someone you know may have a gambling probem, contact the confidential helpline: 2-1-1 (Maine only) for information and resources.
2-1-1 Maine – toll free hotline connecting callers to trained specialists answering health and human services questions