It was found that in the United States annually compulsive gamblers lose more than $ 20 billion. In Sweden, there are a little over 10 million compulsive gamblers whose lives are entirely subordinated to the painful passion. The course of treatment for patients with a diagnosis of "gambling" in a Swedish clinic costs about 200 thousand dollars, and only successful in half of the cases. A common form of mutual aid groups are "Gamblers Anonymous", organized on the principle of community "Alcoholics Anonymous." Nevertheless, a clear answer to the question of how to treat gambling addiction, has not yet been found. In your place I would start to think of the family budget, and possible problems.
Gambling has become a social phenomenon. Today it is a problem to try to solve the psychiatrists and psychologists, law enforcement officials and lawyers, representatives of the media, the church and the government. Here is the summary of authoritative opinions about what constitutes gambling "Gambling is one distinctive feature, and it lies in the fact that the danger for a long time remains obscure. Gambling, in which there can be no doubt - the disease is recognized in all health care systems in the world. Exploit this disease primarily halls with slot machines.
We get factory pathological addiction and criminogenic world. Without exaggeration, we can say that gambling addiction - a socially dangerous phenomenon. The obsession with gambling or gambling is recognized as an emotional disease. Because of such addictions as gambling, life becomes a painful existence! Gambling devours everything: family relationships, work, relationships with loved ones and friends. It is almost impossible to be alone with himself, his whole life with rapid speed flying down the slope! The heart is filled with bitterness, despair and indignation ...
Obsessed player usually goes through four stages: first - wins the stage: a game from time to time, the dream of winnings, rising stakes, big winnings. The second - stage losses: the game alone, leaving work, large loans, unpaid debts, rehypothecation lie. Third - despair stage: spoiled reputation, a break with the family, friends, remorse, shifting the blame on others, panic, loss of employment, illegal activities. Fourth - "hopeless" stage: feeling of hopelessness, suicidal thoughts and possible suicide attempts, arrests, alcohol, emotional wreck and madness symptoms. All this is really terrible. And if you do not fix the problem with your partner, things can become really bad.
What is the insidiousness of gambling? Soreness of all the player going through a loss, and the inability to continue the game. During the game, gamers anticipating his triumph, and at the same time feel the risk, this mixture of euphoria and fear is for him a kind of "drug". As a result of habituation becomes necessary game "at large" in which the player runs the risk of all, up to life. To facilitate the experience of fear of death, the brain secretes endorphins internal drug. To spur this mechanism, it is increasingly used self-destructive behavior. You should be aware of this. And even if your partner is now just having fun - all this can turn into a disease quickly.
In order to put a man on the game, do not need serious advertising costs or the use of any special techniques of lure. It is estimated that 8-12 hours of play with the "one-armed bandit" is sufficient for the formation of pathological dependence. Time is relatively large. Immediately 12:00 to play, no one can, but there is no hurry machine. Today, half an hour, tomorrow - for an hour. The victim is not going anywhere. A gambling addiction can wait. The temptation to throw a coin and win a huge sum can visit any. In reality it turns out that played large sums of money, then money comes into debt again and played. And even if it's a game over the Internet, it is much easier to add money here.
The first sign of the emergence of gambling addiction syndrome is the loss of sense of time. Man thinks that he just "try", and the game goes on for an hour or two. If the person finds it difficult to leave the room with slot machines, we can speak about the origin of "pathology": gambling has clung to him with "teeth". I think that even in the bud it can become quite a serious problem. Especially when your partner will see that he can win money with these things. And when he will start playing for money - the situation will become much worse. I think you should forget about how much "fun" this situation and begin to help your partner.
Compulsive gambling can be divided into two types of personalities. Gipertimnye opinionated and energetic personality, inclined to extravagance, especially in times of anxiety and depressive symptoms. Gipotimnye contrast, depressed, unsure easily get discouraged when setbacks. It is also possible to allocate conditionally laughing, crying and desperate players. For laughing Player game, first of all, entertainment, he controls the size of losses, accusing them of other people or the case. Crying game player subordinates all other interests, constantly concerned about the need to repay debts that are growing steadily. In any case, I can say that your partner got into a very serious problem.
Desperate player completely enslave a game, he is not no job, no the family, no friends, no game, he feels like an addict without the drug and may commit suicide impulsively. Gamers have high intelligence, great energy at a narrow range of interests, workaholism, adventurism, perfectionism, excessive criticality with respect to the family and friends at the same time a tendency to avoid serious conflicts through misrepresentation and falsehood. They are characterized by a thirst for thrills, strong demand for the recognition of others, disobedience, superstitious. In any case, gambling never brings good things in our lives.
Gambling players miss in a typical company - they are good organizers, but poor performers: generate ideas, but do not implement them. They do not save money, preferring to spend it, and if it is occupied, then the maximum quantities and with increasing frequency. They are characterized by the fetishization of money, which they perceive as a source of their problems and at the same time as a way to resolve them. You may think, perhaps, all these features are close enough to your partner. First of all you must take care of its moral health. Because gambling can break his identity.
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