(or someone you know) a problem gambler?
Most compulsive gamblers will answer yes to at least seven of these questions.
- Have you ever lost time from work or school due to gambling?
- Has gambling ever made your home life unhappy?
- Has gambling affected your reputation?
- Have you ever felt remorse after gambling?
- Have you ever gambled to get money with which to pay debts or otherwise solve financial difficulties?
- Has gambling caused a decrease in your ambition or efficiency?
- After losing, have you felt you must return as soon as possible to win back your losses?
- After a win, have you felt a strong urge to return and win more?
- Have you often gambled until your last dollar is gone?
- Have you ever borrowed to finance your gambling?
- Have you ever sold anything to finance gambling?
- Have you ever been reluctant to use "gambling money" for normal expenditures?
- Has gambling made you careless for the welfare of yourself or your family?
- Have you ever gambled longer than you had planned?
- Have you ever gambled to escape worry or trouble?
- Have you ever committed, or considered committing, an illegal act to finance gambling?
- Has gambling caused you to have difficulty sleeping?
- Have arguments, disappointments or frustrations ever created within you an urge to gamble?
- Have you ever had an urge to celebrate good fortune with a few hours of gambling?
- Have you ever considered self-destruction or suicide as a result of gambling?
living with a compulsive gambler?
Are You . . .
If you are living with a compulsive gambler, you will answer yes to at least six of the following questions.
- Do you find yourself constantly bothered with bill collectors?
- Is the person in question often away from home for long, unexplained
- Does this person ever lose time from work due to gambling?
- Do you feel that this person cannot be trusted with money?
- Does the person in question faithfully promise that he or she will stop gambling, beg, plead for another chance, yet gamble again and again?
- Does this person ever gamble longer than he or she intended to, until the last dollar is gone?
- Does this person immediately return to gambling to try and recover losses, or to win more?
- Does this person ever gamble to get money to solve financial difficulties or have unrealistic expectations that gambling will bring the family material comfort and wealth?
- Does this person borrow money to gamble with or to pay gambling debts?
- Has this person's reputation ever suffered due to gambling, even to the extent of committing illegal acts to finance gambling?
Rules for Responsible Gambling
- Plan ahead, set a dollar limit
- Set a time limit
- Expect to lose
- Never gamble on credit
- Create balance in your life
- Avoid "chasing" lost money
- Don't gamble to deal with emotional or physical pain
- Get educated about the risks
For more information, contact the Illinois Department on Aging's Senior HelpLine.
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