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    • Date: Jun-25-2019


1.    Definition and signs of problem gambling

Problem gambling is any gambling behavior that disrupts your life. If you’re preoccupied with gambling, spending more and more time and money on it, chasing losses, or gambling despite serious consequences, you have a gambling problem.

2.    Signs and symptoms of problem gambling

You may have a gambling problem if you:

- Feel the need to be secretive about your gambling. You might gamble in secret or lie about how much you gamble, feeling others won’t understand or that you will surprise them with a big win.


- Have trouble controlling your gambling. Once you start gambling, can you walk away? Or are you compelled to gamble until you’ve spent your last dollar, upping your bets in a bid to win lost money back?


- Gamble even when you don’t have the money. A red flag is when you are getting more and more desperate to recoup your losses. You may gamble until you’ve spent your last dollar, and then move on to money you don’t have- money to pay bills, credit cards, or things for your children.

- Family and friends are worried about you. Denial keeps problem gambling going. If friends and family are worried, listen to them carefully. Take a hard look at how gambling is affecting your life.


3.    Negative impacts of excessive gambling

Economic Effects

There are many consequences of gambling addictions that result in economic costs.

Some gambling addiction dangers are:

- Increased rates of unemployment
- Bankruptcy
- Fraud and check forgery
- Forced home sales
- Increased alcohol and drug abuse
- Poor mental and physical health of the addict

Social Effects
While the addict will definitely suffer, the family also faces challenges when there is a gambling addiction. Family members suffer physical and psychological abuse.


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7.    Names and Contact numbers of therapists, counselors and /or rehabilitation centers

a.     SGTCI (Support Group and Training Consultancy, Inc.). 0929-16504140929-1650414 or e-mail  sgroups457@yahoo.com.   

b.    Penuel Home  632-7225389, 09178977202; peneulhome@yahoo.com

c.     Metro Psych Facility - Roads and Bridges to Recovery
#520 Dr. Sixto Antonio Avenue, May Bunga, Pasig City

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