Signs of a Gambling Addiction

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In the great rat race of life, what is it that we are all racing for with an invisible finish line? Some of us adapt to the sheep-like mentality of most and travel with the masses. Others may stray from the herd and find trouble and majestic wonders outside of the norm. Whatever this drive is, what we do know is that we are limited with time in the physical vessel that our souls have been placed upon. With the grains of sand falling ever so quickly in the hourglass, we find something to drive us into the unknown while simultaneously giving us purpose.  

Whether it’s love and understanding, or its money, power, respect- none of us truly know the meaning of life. We march forward in pursuit of happiness while dodging the curveballs of disease and famine that life throws at us. Too many in the 21st century are moreover familiar with the disease of alcoholic thinking. Those who know of its treachery are aware that alcoholic thinking is an addictive mindset that doesn’t necessarily pertain to imbibing. Gambling addiction, amongst a slew of other addictions, is just one sick branch off from the life-threatening disease of alcoholism.

Penny for Your Thoughts, Penny for Your Life

In this pursuit of happiness, some find their vision clearer with dollar signs in their eyes. Through money laundering and bribery to pyramid schemes and gambling addiction, money becomes the essence of life for some. The smell of the cash, the volatile numerology, the pay off (metaphorical and literal) – it’s the reason to get out of bed in the morning. Yet, believe it or not, money is just as much an addiction as drugs can be.

We focus all our effort on obtaining this piece of paper or precious metal of sorts that has been declared valuable- but why? It is okay to provide for self or to be motivated to take care of family for instance, but the lengths some are willing to go for this financial security becomes an issue. Money will create sanctuary while in the process of rising/lowering life, love, stress and setbacks. However, any educated alcoholic knows that money is just a symptom of greed and an x-factor of gambling addiction.


Can’t Buy Me Love

Gambling addiction and health are antithetical in many perspectives of alcoholic thinking. As mentioned beforehand, most equate addiction to substance abuse but quickly forget how fast eating disorders or codependency can create powerlessness and unmanageability in an individual’s life.  Often times gambling addiction is a side effect of sobriety. Many with the disease of addiction enter recovery under the mindset that the substances we’re the only thing manifesting problems in life, only to later discover that cross-addiction is a very real thing.

The signs of gambling addiction and relapse have much in common; behaviors in the individual begin to progressively shift for the worse over time to come. Many behaviors from betting alcoholically include:

  • Grandiosity and Arrogance
  • Ignoring Fellowship Needs
  • Putting Recovery on the Back Burner
  • Close Mindedness
  • Reclusiveness and Isolation
  • Financial Irresponsibility
  • Irritability
  • Always AWOL

Addiction is not an easy beast to conquer, so when somebody is feeding the disease- it shows. It’s a little easier to see when people are starting to become complacent and putting their recovery on the back burner. Eventually, it will all go up in flames regardless of the type of addiction. Addiction creates an unfortunate game where if you’re not first, you’re dead last. Dead last.

Betting On Life

Addiction numbs us to reality and causes us to always look at things from the perspective of the glass always being half empty. Everything in life starts to have this hollow feeling to it and the mindset of “nothing we ever do is good enough” roots itself into every forced step we take. Just like the drugs, the highs are high but the lows are so low. Losing a fistful of dollars in gambling addiction can be one of the worst withdrawals to strike the addict down. Nothing is alright but everything is okay. The inside and the outside justify different emotions.

Gambling addiction will convince us to give up on ourselves. Usually, the addict will begin losing interest in the things they love as the slots consume every inch of their obsessive thinking. The cards, the chips, and the stale smoke- it becomes this depressing way of life that everything revolves around. Things will just seem off to our loved one as they start pushing friends and family away in attempts to hide the casino-driven mania rooted within. From here, dreams only turn into nightmares as the bets on precious life are made.

House of Cards

Gambling addiction for some will suck the life out of the person until drinking or getting high seems like the only rational solution. On top of that, the playgrounds and playmates that come with this type of gaming do not speak highly for recovery-oriented individuals. The people and places will only help in the enablement of shifty decision making and questionable activities.

They will constantly convince themselves that they got a bad deck of cards and that next time will be better- and it never is. Gambling addiction will without question destroy all aspects of a person’s life the same as the bottle. Knowing the signs of this type of alcoholic thinking can be the difference between slipping back through the cracks of misery or living life happy, joyous, and free. If you think you or a loved one may have a gambling problem, we suggest you checkout out a Gamblers Anonymous meeting

Stop Relapse Before It Stops You

It can be intimidating to know that addiction and alcoholism are always right around the corner in different shapes and sizes. Knowing your demons and what you’re prone to can make all the difference in the world. If you or a loved one has been struggling with getting a firm grasp on sobriety and need detoxification, please call 888-481-1993 or visit Our teams of specialists are waiting by to help figure out what options are best for sending your life is a comfortable direction that you can proudly stand behind.

Content Reviewed by Jacklyn Steward

Jacklyn StewardJacklyn is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and an EMDR trained trauma therapy specialist with over 6 years of experience in the field of addiction. She has a Masters Degree in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling from Nova Southeastern University.