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
  • Depression
  • Mood disorders
  • Irritation
  • Stomach pains
  • Headaches

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.

Need help for gambling addiction in teens and young adults?

Yes We Can Youth Clinics can effectively treat teens & young adults struggling with a gambling addiction.

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