Life's a gamble. It's a cliché but think about it. Playing bingo, buying lottery tickets, betting a few bucks on a sports event or even a game of cards like poker? These are all types of gambling. For most people it's a bit of fun. But for some, not so much.
Gambling can be a major problem and spotting it can be difficult. It's not like there's a big arrow saying "Problem Gambler Over Here" hanging over someone`s head.
But there are signs:
Look for help when you:
Just because you gamble doesn't mean you are Dr. Evil. In fact, gambling is one of the most popular fundraisers for charities trying to raise money for good causes, but if you do gamble get up on it:
Anyone who gambles can develop a problem. If you start young and your family and friends gamble, you are at a greater risk for developing a gambling problem. You may not experience any problems in the beginning, but they can show up later.
Prevention is the best solution. Educate yourself about gambling and learn the difference between safe and problem gambling. Talk to friends and family about safe gambling.
Take Control of Your Destiny
Don't waste your dreams on 'the big win' that never happens. Take your $5 bet and control your own fate. Put it towards your trip to Europe, your university education, your grad night or that guitar that has been calling your name.
I Got Problems
If you think you have a problem or know someone who does, talk to an Addictions Counsellor, the School Guidance Counsellor, a family member or a close friend.
If you or someone you know is showing these signs there is help available.
Please click here to contact the Addictions Services Offices in you area.
Or call: Problem Gambling Helpline 1-888-899-HELP (4357)