There are three distinct stages people with gambling problems go through before they "hit bottom" and realize they need help. Please don’t wait. Talk to someone now.
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Gambling begins as a social activity. It seems fun, normal. During this phase, people:
But gambling isn't always about money. Problem gamblers like the excitement of gambling, the dream of winning big, or the escape from everyday problems or stresses.
This is where the real trouble begins. Gamblers feel like their activity is under control—in reality it’s not. During this phase, people:
Problem gamblers go through this state just before they hit rock bottom. During the phase, people:
Some problem gamblers attempt suicide before they seek treatment