Responsible Gambling

Is gambling a problem for you?

Ask yourself the following questions:

- Have you compromised relationships meaningful to you, your education, your job, or your career because of gambling?

- Have you tried to win back after losing by continuing to gamble?

- Do you come back to the game quickly after a series of losses?

- Do you consider gambling to be a way to generate income?

- When you win, do you feel the desire to stay in the game to win more?

- Have you ever had to break promises, lie, steal, or borrow money in order to obtain gambling funds?

- Wouldn't you spend the money you planned to gamble on something else?

- Have you ever broken your own plans to keep gambling?

- Do you use gambling to cope with anxiety, excitement, depression or frustration?

- Do you experience depression or suicidal feelings because of gambling?

- Is gambling the cause of your debts?

- In order to get money for gambling or to pay off debts incurred as a result of gambling, have you sold your own property or your family's property?

If you answered yes to at least one question, there is a possibility that you have a gambling problem or may have one in the near future.

Helping Strategies.

1. Don't ignore your own problems. Take responsibility for your own behavior.

2. be honest and don't look for excuses.

3. Talk about your problems with someone you trust. It could be family, a friend, or a mentor.

4. Take regular breaks to keep in touch with reality. Give up the game for a while.

5. Consider setting withdrawal limits.

6. Talk to an employee of the gambling establishment. With our experience in the industry, we are ready to help you with your problems.

Practical steps

1. For the period of struggle with addiction, stop gambling.

2. Observe yourself. Determine what events or emotions precede the desire to gamble?

3. mark on your calendar the days when you haven't gambled, so you can see your progress.

4. ask someone you trust to handle your financial affairs for a specific, pre-agreed period.

5. After a certain period without gambling, encourage yourself by spending some of your savings on yourself.

Don't expect instant results from your efforts. Keep an optimistic attitude. You will be able to beat your gambling addiction. Some people who have experienced similar problems may return to gambling later, maintaining control.

Pass this information on to people who you know if they have a gambling problem.