A gambling problem can negatively affect an individual’s home life, financial status, career, education, social relationships, and physical and emotional health.
Compulsive gambling can have a devastating effect in any area of an individual’s life. Of course, financial problems are the first thing that comes to mind but other areas such as work, relationships and mental health are also affected.
National statistics show that 1 in 5 compulsive gamblers will attempt suicide.
A compulsive gambler will do anything to stay in action even if it means neglecting family, missing work or depleting savings accounts. Often times a compulsive gambler will resort to illegal activities to finance their gambling addiction (fraud, larceny and embezzlement are a few examples). This type of behavior can cause irreparable damage if not addressed as soon as possible.
Further, compulsive gamblers have a strong tendency to attempt suicide as they feel there is no way to change their behavior and correct the harm that has been done. National statistics show that 1 in 5 compulsive gamblers will attempt suicide. This is the highest rate of suicide among addictive disorders.
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