Occasional gambling may be a pleasurable activity. But when gambling becomes addictive, it can take a heavy toll on the life, finances, health and wellbeing of gamblers and their loved ones.
Compulsive gamblers can win or lose a huge amount of money within a few hours or days. The euphoria that accompanies gambling can become so intoxicating that gamblers keep playing to regain their high.
At one time, gambling only occurred in casinos, but today it takes on many forms. Betting, gaming and wagering takes place online 24/7 and affects both genders from teens to adults. Data shows that about 5 million U.S. residents suffer from compulsive gambling, but less than 10% of them will seek help at gambling addiction treatment centers. Obtaining treatment for compulsive gambling can help address this destructive process and give people full control of their lives again.