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Gambling Addiction

Discussion in 'Other Substances' started by wulfman, Nov 15, 2014.

  1. Peninha

    Peninha Community Champion

    If I win gambling I would not invest back, not in a million years, I'd keep my money and enjoy life. I guess I am not a gambler, so my odds or winning are low too.
  2. Jericho Mercado

    Jericho Mercado Active Contributor

    Gambling for me is fun. I am able to control my spending and I don't chase my losses by thinking I can win it back if I keep playing. I have won and lost a lot but never enough to jeopardize my way of life or family. I know of Bingo places and casino's that will allow you to cash your check with them for a small percentage. I also know of many people that have loss their homes and family's to their gambling addiction.

    Gambling is a game of chance and provides entertainment. It should be avoided as a means to seek financial gain and people who are in need of quick cash. You will loose your money faster than you will make it and the odds are always in the casino's favor.
  3. Rosyrain

    Rosyrain Community Champion

    It is a huge waste of money. Many people don't realize that the casino always wins I the end. Even if you were able to land on a huge jackpot, think of how much money you spent to get there and even how much money you will lose again on the future just trying to make big winnings again
  4. kjonesm1

    kjonesm1 Community Champion

    I used to live in Vegas and would throw money away at the casinos because I worked on the strip and made tons of cash every night. What started as fun with my co-workers became quite scary. I had to leave to get away and even though I still go occasionally it is nothing like it used to be. It's a very dangerous addiction.
  5. I have struggled with gambling addiction and believe that there should be more done to make it more difficult. I have also struggled with online sports addiction - partly because it is so easy! It is easy to place a bet when under the influence of alcohol because all you need is an account and money in that account and then putting through the bet. And then regret it later.

    I am not sure what the answer is and perhaps users of this forum have opinions on how sports betting websites could work better to stop betting addiction?
  6. GenevB

    GenevB Community Champion

    Gambling addiction did hit me hard at some point of my life, by the time passing I also stopped betting so much, but it just came naturally. At some point I would've only bet because I've had no money, I would've ask people for money and then bet, only because I had no money to do other things (I know, there's no logic). At some point I just realized how big of a money loss it is, but I must admit, I still do it from time to time, only that I maintain that rush that is the bet itself not the money.
  7. 6up

    6up Community Champion

    Gambling can never fulfil dreams. If you think of that big car or a better house then never choose gambling as an income option. You can loss money and at the end you find yourself broke. You can not plan for something you are not sure. Gambling can not pay for your rent or buy you food.
  8. xSentaru

    xSentaru Active Contributor

    Just as many people stated, gambling will never get you anywhere, even if you win. You will get to that point that you will be foolish and gamble the money you won, in hope you'll get even more. One of my friends in high school was kind of addicted to gambling. Until he discovered that he can "fake" gamble when he got his new Android phone. He rocked that game for months!
  9. kassie1234

    kassie1234 Community Champion

    I've never been into gambling myself - I've just never really seen the appeal or excitement. My husband however back in his youth was very much into it. He has an analytical mind, so he found it interesting -- and by interesting, I mean he wasted more money than he should have on casino tables and stuff. He did say that the times he would go to the casino and gamble were the times in his life he felt lonely - so I guess it was very much a void filling scenario. I don't think he was ever addicted, as such, but it was something he used as an unproductive outlet for other emotions.
  10. katherine25

    katherine25 Senior Contributor

    My uncle has a gambling addiction and its been very hard to sit by and watch how it has affected him and his family. He had a great job, a wife and child, a beautiful home and now due to his addiction he has lost almost everything. His wife has stuck by his side but they are very unhappy and you can tell when you look at them. They lost their jobs and their house and there are times when he has to sell stuff from his apartment just to make rent. Its tragic and I agree I think this addiction doesn't get as much attention as it should.
  11. GenevB

    GenevB Community Champion

    I totally agree with you, even if you win, in the long run is going to cost you a lot more than if you lost. After you won, you had planted into your subconscious the idea that you can win money the easy way by gambling and there will always be a desire to try and to that, most of the time you'll lose, it's pretty hard to get cured from this addiction.
  12. gracer

    gracer Community Champion

    This is one thing I see everyday and I hate it. There was this community I lived in where almost all the people gamble. Be it cards, bingo, cock fighting and any other kind of gambling they could think of. It's their way of life. They just sit there all day doing nothing but gamble and they even let their kids watch. When their kids have grown a bit to be able to understand numbers, they join their parents in gambling. That way of life disgusted me which made me decide to move to my old place where gambling is not a way of life especially because I have a child to rear, and definitely not in that kind of environment. I really despise that place and the people who live there. I don't know how they even survive to live that way.
  13. Adrianna

    Adrianna Community Champion

    Some people get sucked in. Sounds like you are a sensation seeker. You are looking for the rush, the action. Adrenaline junkie. Gambler's Anonymous did not help you, hmmmm. I would think you need to find another outlet for excitement. Sky diving, cliff climbing, or something like this. Learn to fly a plane or whatever might excite you, scare you. Change your focus to something that makes sense. These kind of hobbies might seem extreme, but, I'm sure jumping out of a plane might just cure you of wanting to gamble. It's got to be more of a rush than possibly loosing money or making money. If not, maybe keep contemplating what else seems exciting.
  14. Tremmie

    Tremmie Community Champion

    The gambling addiction is just awful... my biological dad was and is still a gambler. Now he is nothing but a parasite who wants to leech out money from my mom to support his vice. He went as far as stealing from her. So yes, this addiction can destroy your life and turn everyone away from you if you are not careful. Actually this vice is what made my mom want to separate from that idiot.
  15. OursIsTheFury

    OursIsTheFury Member

    Gambling addiction is a real thing, and it has destroyed a lot of families in the process. It's more of the thrill of the win and the chase of the adrenaline rush, so that's why people are so addicted to it. People can waste hours of their time in these casinos, and of course, they can ruin their whole life savings because of these gambling addictions. When you just keep losing, you just want to play again so you can win. When you win, you want to play again because you want to keep winning. It's a vicious cycle.
  16. koelek

    koelek Member

    It is not a such bad thing as everybody thinks. I am a gambling person, but I don`t have an addiction. People who have addictions generally are psychologically unstable and have also some addictions such as drug addiction or alcohol. But why no one bans alcohol? Or tobacco maybe? I constantly play slots or poker and I don’t feel like I'm addicted. In addition, at the moment this is my main income and I am very glad that I found a great and reliable casino at .
    Last edited: May 28, 2020
  17. Davers

    Davers Community Champion

    In my strongest opinion , yes it can change ones financial life , & a little pun added 'the odds are never in your favor '.
    If I won when I went to casinos , I usually gave it right back to them as greed got the best of me .
  18. Pluto888

    Pluto888 Active Contributor

    You can live without gambling really. I used to go to casinos all the time and I was losing a lot of money. It is hard to give it up and I knew that I cannot give it up all at once. I decided to go step by step and my first step was to stop going to casinos. I still was craving gambling so I tried some sport gambling, but I was not good at it. What really helped me is online casino. I gamble on and it is different from a real casino. I enjoy it more and I can stop whenever I want. It is helping me gamble less and I hope I will stop completely one day.
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2020
  19. Davers

    Davers Community Champion

    glad I quit gambling while I was ahead , or behind really , as it could be another thorn in my side or a forum of -self torture. Tho I may drive up to a casino some day with say $100 to spend & play for fun , as it i loose the $ , I spent $100 on much dumber stuff in the past . + I would 'plan' this cause when I loose 50 cent to a dollar on lotto 'Cash 3 ' I feel bad . but not super bad but a moment of guilt cause a penny or Cent saved is a cent earned. FWIW.
  20. CharlesClark

    CharlesClark Active Contributor

    I hate it that a lot of these places are just scamming us...