A compulsive gambler woke up one morning and realized they have a wagering problem. The signs of their wagering addiction have been there all along. As Slot their mind begins to race they look at all the signs that were apparent, but few people around them ever gave it a second thought.
The gambler looks back and knows the following signs were there for them and their family and friend:
They spent a significant amount of time wagering. At first it was one day a week then it became five days week. Friends noticed they weren’t around as much anymore.
Their money was dwindling fast and available cash flow was almost nonexistent. Friends notice they weren’t going out to eat as much, was becoming very easy on the wallet (only bought one box of girl scout cookies even though they bought at least twenty boxes a year for the past five years), didn’t take a vacation in over two years when they normally would go away at the minimum two times a year and cut spending more then in half when it came time for birthday and holiday gifts.
Getting in work late, not completing work and getting written up for not following procedures.
They became very neglectful of their family. The told them they would be home by dinner time simply to show up three hours later with no real pretext but would tell them they won big at the casino.
They lost money and felt bad about it, but didn’t do anything to stop this self damaging behavior.
As their problems increased, going to the casino was away of reducing my stress when in reality it only increased it. The short period of time there they remember feeling good.
They borrowed money from friends and family to maintain with their habit. The friends knew basically the amount of money they earned. They now also realize that they should have looked a little deeper into what was really going on and why did they really needed this money?
The signs were there but nobody was ready to increase and help them face this addiction before it was too late and they lost everything.
Now that this gambler has woken up they have taken the first step on their road to recovery. The next move is to seek help and go forward with their life.