Gambling is a game of chance where you bet money in the hope of winning a larger sum of money. It can be a fun way to spend your time and money but it can also be dangerous, especially for those who have a gambling problem.
The word “gambling” can be used to describe a number of different activities, including poker, casino games, and sports betting. It can also refer to an individual’s habit of relying on gambling as an escape from everyday problems and stresses.
When you gamble, you get excited about the possibility of winning and feel a rush of dopamine. This is the same neurotransmitter as drugs or alcohol and it can make you want to keep playing even if you have lost your money.
Having a gambling problem is similar to other addictions, so it may be treated with cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). It can help you to change how you think and feel about betting and how you respond to any negative consequences of your behaviour.
It can also help you set limits on your gambling and stop if it becomes too much. If you have a gambling problem, talk to your family or a counsellor and ask for help.
In most cases, there are a number of different ways to treat your gambling problem and the best way for you to find out more is to speak to one of our counsellors who can talk you through what they can do and how they can support you. It’s completely free and confidential, so you can contact us at any time.