Gambling Addiction

At KeySolutions EAP, we recognize how damaging certain life circumstances can be on an individual’s overall wellbeing, including his or her ability to continue functioning appropriately in an occupational setting. Any such extenuating circumstances can begin to impair a person’s ability to focus, ability to communicate, and ultimately hinder his or her ability to achieve success. For these reasons and more, at KeySolutions EAP, we are dedicated to helping these individuals overcome their struggles and get back on their feet again.

One type of concern that can wreak monumental havoc on an individual’s life is addiction. When people think of addictions, they typically think of those involving drugs and alcohol. And while those are most certainly severe concerns, they are not the only types of addictions that exist. Gambling is a type of addiction that plagues countless people throughout society. And, unfortunately, when someone is addicted to gambling, it can have a negative impact on every aspect of his or her life, including his or her occupation.

Recognizing the Signs of a Gambling Addiction

Compulsive gambling is a progressive illness that is both diagnosable and treatable. When an individual is addicted to gambling, it not only affects him or her, but also affects his or her family, employer, and community as well. While gambling may not be as obvious an addiction as one to drugs or alcohol, it can nevertheless be just as debilitating. When it remains untreated, a gambling addiction can lead to financial devastation, ruined relationships, and feelings of desperation.

There are a number of things that can be indicative of the fact that someone may be struggling with an addiction to gambling. Examples of such signs can include the following:

  • Having a preoccupation with gambling to the point where it incessantly consumes a person’s thoughts
  • Consistently needing to gamble with higher amounts of money in order to achieve the same excitement that one desires
  • Using gambling as a means of escaping from one’s problems or negative emotions
  • Placing gambling as a priority over other things
  • Withdrawing from friends and family in favor of spending time gambling
  • Consistently lying to friends, family members, and employers
  • Making unsuccessful efforts to cut back on or stop gambling
  • Committing illegal acts, such as fraud, theft, forgery, or embezzlement, in order to finance one’s gambling habit
  • After losing money from gambling, will return another day in order to “get even” – this is known as chasing and is a behavioral pattern often seen in pathological gamblers
  • Experiencing negative circumstances in one’s home, social, or occupational life as a result of gambling
  • Frequently relying on others to help bail him or her out of poor financial situations
  • Becoming restless or irritable when unable to gamble
If you feel that you are in crisis, or are having thoughts about hurting yourself or others, please call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room immediately.

How Gambling Addiction Can Impact the Workplace

An addiction to gambling can have an adverse effect on one’s occupation and career in a number of ways. Absenteeism may become frequent as an individual chooses to instead spend time gambling. Some individuals may spend their time at work participating in internet gambling instead of adhering to their occupational responsibilities. Additionally, in some cases, individuals may even begin to steal money from various avenues within their workplace. Any of the above situations has the potential to result in demotion or loss of employment.

How KeySolutions Can Help

At KeySolutions EAP, it is our goal to help individuals in need find the most appropriate treatment for overcoming their gambling addictions. In order to do so, we offer free, confidential counseling sessions that are designed to assist individuals with the following:

  • Gambling abuse – including assessments and treatment recommendations
  • Emotional health
  • Relationships and family concerns
  • Workplace issues
  • Financial counseling
  • Prevention
  • Inpatient/outpatient treatment

By receiving the services that we offer, individuals can engage in the interventions they need to put their gambling addictions to rest and return to their occupations with the ability to succeed with enhanced work ethics and occupational performances.

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