Does my child have a gambling addiction?
Gambling addictions also occur amongst teenagers and young adults. In fact, gambling addicts often start at a young age by buying scratch cards, gambling on slot machines, playing cards with friends or playing poker on the internet. Do you think your child might be addicted to gambling? Get to know the symptoms first.
What are the withdrawal symptoms of gambling addiction?
- Sleeping disorders
- Panic attacks
- Mood disorders
- Stomach pains
When teens and young adults manage to win games at the start, they are inclined to believe in a certain system. They usually blame the failure to win on external factors: someone cheating, or a gaming machine is not calibrated correctly. Do you recognise one or more of these signs? Request an intake interview today.
Short-odds gambling games stimulate gambling addictions
The most addictive gambling games are the so-called Short-Odds gambling games (e.g. gambling machines, various lotteries). Because young players experience winning or losing immediately, it will be very tempting to try these games again. Because they will win occasionally but always unexpectedly, these kinds of gambling games are very addictive. The popularity of internet gambling games is increasing rapidly.
Bingo drives and poker competitions may also lead to gambling addiction. Because many young people use the internet, they will be tempted to try these games. Internet gambling is especially dangerous because of the fact that these games can be played virtually anonymously and unseen at home (e.g. in attics) and because there is a total absence of social control.
Gambling causes a high
For gambling addicts, the tension and excitement they experience create virtually the same kind of intoxicated feeling as a high or drunken state. This intoxicated state pushes problems to the background. As a result of gambling addiction, gamblers start to neglect their personal relationships, work or studies and accumulate debts.
Gambling addiction is often accompanied by substance addiction. This requires a lot of money. The gambling addiction solves one financial problem by creating another, until the consequences can no longer be hidden from the rest of the world.
Treatment of a gambling addiction
At Yes We Can Youth Clinics we help teenagers and young adults to overcome their gambling addiction and to live and function in society in a pleasant way. We help young people with an addiction to slowly demolish the wall they have built around themselves, to leave their destructive life behind them forever and to face a bright future. Yes We Can Youth Clinics strives to reduce any medication that the teenager or young adult already receive to zero or as little as possible during the treatment.