Sunday, July 02, 2000

What is pathological gambling and where to get help




        Pathological gambling is defined by these actions. The person:

        • Is pre-occupied with gambling. He relives past gambling experiences, plans the next venture and constantly thinks of ways to get money to gamble.

        Needs to gamble with increasing amounts of money.

        Tries unsuccessfully to control, cut back or stop gambling.

        Is restless or irritable when trying to cut back.

        Gambles as a way of escaping problems.

        Returns to gambling to “get even” after losing money.

        Lies to family members or others to conceal involvement with gambling.

        Commits illegal acts such as forgery, fraud, theft or embezzlement to finance gambling.

        Jeopardizes or loses a significant relationship or job because of gambling.

        Relies on others to provide money to relieve a desperate financial situation caused by gambling.

Where to get help
        Cincinnati Gambler's Anonymous Hotline (513-244-9779)

        Gamblers Anonymous International Service Office (213-386-8789). www.gamblersanonymous.org

        Heisel and Associates, Blue Ash (513-794-1667)

        National Council on Problem Gambling (1-800-522-4700)

        Custer Gambling Treatment Center, Indianapolis, 24-hour free confidential phone assessment (1-877-NO-GAMBLE)

        Harbour Center for Compulsive Gambling, Baltimore, (410-332-1111)

       



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