Nichole Hannahs

Understanding Gambling Addiction

by Nichole Hannahs on December 5, 2012 at 6:21 am

Experts in gambling said that addiction comes in all forms and affects all social classes.

Calls to the state’s problem-gambling hotline rose nearly 47 percent last month from September. Over 3,000 people have called seeking help for gambling addiction. There are two types of gambling addiction, problem and pathological.

"Problem gambling is when gambling starts causing problems in a persons life, pathological gambling is when it goes beyond that when your totally obsessed with I know I can win and if I had another dollar I could make it into 10 that’s when it crosses over into pathology and when a person really has to do it," said Steve Carrel executive director of Muskingum Behavioral Health.

Carrel said that gamblers experience a high and rush much like drug addicts. While some people may gamble for fun there are signs it could be a problem.

"When a person might start withdrawing from their family, becoming more secret about their money or what they’re doing. Money starts coming up missing," said Carrel. "Maybe at work they’re starting to be tardy because they were up late gambling."

Muskingum Behavioral Health has a national certified gambling Counselor or on staff for those that think they may have a problem gambling.