TROUBLING SIGNS

With the addition of casinos to Singapore and the 24/7 accessibility to online-gaming and betting sites, problem gambling is a growing societal concern. It affects people from all walks of life – men and women as well as the young and the old. The troubles of the problem gambler extend well beyond themselves and adversely affect their family and friends.

GIVE YOURSELF A SECOND CHANCE

Take a look at the following signs. If you or someone you know has them, maybe it is time to get help now.

  • Preoccupied with gambling
  • Have a need to gamble with increasing amounts of money in order to achieve the desired achievement
  • Have made repeated unsuccessful efforts to control, cut back or stop gambling.
  • Are restless or irritable when attempting to cut down or stop gambling.
  • Gamble as a way of escaping from problems or of relieving feelings of helplessness, guilt, anxiety or depression.
  • After losing money gambling, often return another day to recoup losses.
  • Lies to family members, therapists or others to conceal the extent of involvement of gambling.
  • Committed illegal acts such as forgery, fraud, theft or embezzlement to finance gambling.
  • Jeopardized or lost a significant relationship, job or educational or career opportunity because of gambling.
  • Rely on others to provide money to relieve a desperate financial situation caused by gambling.