Gambling is the act of betting or staking something of value on a random event with the intention of winning more money or things of value than you risked. The action may be a single person placing a bet on a single outcome or a social group making a collective bet on a large number of outcomes.
Reasons for gambling are varied, and they depend on the gambler’s personal circumstances and preferences. For example, some people gamble for fun and enjoyment, while others do it to relieve boredom or stress.
Other reasons include wanting to win a prize or jackpot, hoping to change their lifestyle, and thinking about how they would spend the money won. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, there are effective treatments available and it is important to seek help before the addiction gets out of hand.
Aim to strengthen your support network, and look for ways to relieve unpleasant feelings that gambling may be contributing to. These include exercising, taking up a new hobby, or learning relaxation techniques.
Find a support group, such as Gamblers Anonymous, which can help you to overcome your problem and move forward in life free from gambling.
Overcoming gambling is a long and hard journey, but with the right support it can be done. Talk to a counsellor, read real-life stories of people who have overcome their gambling addiction and learn how you can make it easier for yourself or your loved one to stop.