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Money is put into a slot More money comes out at the bottom Gambling can become an addiction called compulsive gambling Compulsive gambling is an illness and addiction that affects the gambler the family the employer and the community It is called the hidden illness since there is no smell on the breath nor stumbling of steps or speech Nonetheless it is as debilitating as alcohol or drug addiction In 1980 the American Psychiatric Association accepted pathological compulsive gambling as a disorder of impulse control It is a diagnosable treatable illness Gambling if taken in small amounts will not cause harm But is it worth it Like all decisions the only person that can determine whether or not to do something is you Sure you could win millions But you can also lose everything including your friends family and everything you own A study conducted in New Brunswick indicated that less than 5 of the population experience current problems with gambling Some people say Ill never get addicted Sure most of them wont but maybe you are that small percentage that will There some traits that a person has when she or he has a gambling problem They will go through three phases the winning phase the losing phase and the desperation phase In the winning phase the gambling enhances self-image and family members are supportive until they observe the amount of time and energy the gambler is devoting to gambling Suggestions that the gambler stop the gambling are met with resistance and resentment This attitude often increases concern The gambler will reassure us that all is under control and there is no cause for alarm During the losing phase the gambler experiences prolonged losing episodes thinks continually about gambling and becomes careless about the welfare of loved ones They get into heavy legal and illegal borrowing and turn to friends and family members for bailouts in order to have the money
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