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It's important to admit when gaming is becoming a problem
WASHINGTON, Nov. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For many people, buying lottery tickets, betting on horses, playing cards for money, or feeding slot machines is nothing more than a fun pastime.
But for some people, gambling games can become an uncontrollable and necessary part of life. In these cases, the need to gamble can, turn into an addiction known clinically as pathological gambling. The key to overcoming gambling addiction is to identify the problem and find help.
Recognize the symptoms
You might have a gambling problem if you have the following symptoms:
Look for help
If not treated, a gambling addiction can lead to anxiety, stress, and depression.
If you think you have a problem, reach out to a trusted family member or friend, and seek help from a therapist. You can also attend recovery programs that offer group sessions or individual treatment.
There are nonprofit organizations that specialize in helping people with their gambling problem. Gamblers Anonymous and the National Council on Problem Gambling are good resources and have hotlines all over the U.S. If you need immediate help, you can call the national hotline 24 hours a day at 1-800-522-4700.
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