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Gambling Addiction in South Africa

Gambling addiction, also known as problem gambling or compulsive gaming. When a player cannot control the need to constantly gamble, that is when we know they have problem gambling addiction. Most South African gamblers with a gambling problem do not want to admit that they have a problem. However, those that admit to having a problem will get the necessary help. The first step to addressing this issue is to admit that you have a gambling problem and would like to seek help.

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What is Gambling Addiction?

Gambling addiction is an urge to gamble unceasingly without seeing the need to stop. Often, this urge is caused by wanting to win your losses back. Gambling addiction is not a financial problem. Problem gambling typically affects the lives of the gambler’s friends and family members.  Gamblers don’t have to be out of control in order for them to have a gambling addiction. Any gambling behavior that disturbs your life is considered a gambling problem.

Signs of Gambling Addiction

Gambling addiction signs are similar to those found in other addictions. Learn more about identifying the signs of gambling addictions here:

  • A player is secretive about their gambling habits.
  • They chase their losses.
  • Problem gamblers want to gamble even when they can’t afford.
  • Involving themselves in illegal actions to get their next gambling fix .
  • When loved ones start showing concerns toward the player about their gambling.
  • When a player uses all of their funds to gamble.
  • When the gaming habits of the player are out of their control.
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Problem Gambling -Test Yourself

Check out the questions below and see how many you answer yes to.

  • Have you gambled all of your cash away?
  • Have you gambled for longer than you planned to?
  • Do you ever think of gambling?
  • Did you miss important bills because of gambling?
  • Have you ever tried to break the law because you want to finance your addiction?
  • Do you ever think twice before gambling?

Gambling addiction is not the end of the world. If you wish, it is possible for you as a gambler to contact either the land based casino that you frequent, or your chosen online casino and request that they deny you access until such time that you feel your addiction is under control. You can still get help as there are many gambling help centres available in South Africa. Check the contacts below for help with problem gambling:

  • The Guardian Project
  • Winners are known when to stop
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