Gambling Addiction is a progressive disorder causing disruptions in every area of a person’s life – psychological, physical, social, and vocational.
Gambling Addiction has a set of criteria used by treatment professionals to identify problems cause by compulsive gambling, as well as identify appropriate ways to begin treatment.
The American Psychiatric Association (APA) defines Gambling Disorder as a Non-Substance based Addictive Disorder. The following 9 criteria are used by mental health professionals to identify the presence of gambling as a clinical issue:
If you have experienced more than one of these in the past 12 months, it may be helpful to call the HelpLine to receive resources and additional information.
Thankfully, help is available and gambling addiction can be treated if recognized. If you need assistance, contact our 24 hour, confidential Helpline 888-ADMIT-IT (888-236-4848) for resources and support.