Wyoming Council on

Problem Gambling

What is Problem Gambling?

The Hidden Illness

Problem Gamblers Help Line:  1-800-522-4700


Problem Gambling is not easily detected. The person with a gambling problem often will go to great lengths to cover up the problem and appear to look okay,
regardless of the consequences of their gambling.
Some of the indicators that a person may be suffering from a gambling problem include:

Losing time from work or family due to gambling
Repeated failed attempts to stop or control the gambling
Borrowing money to gamble or pay gambling debts
Gambling to escape worry or trouble.
Neglecting the care of one's self or family in order to gamble
Lying about the amount of time and money spent on gambling.
Gambling more money in an attempt to win back losses (chasing)
Selling or pawning personal possessions to get money to gamble
Feeling of hopelessness, depression, or suicide as a result of gambling.
For most people, gambling is entertainment - a fun activity that can he enjoyed without the harmful effects. But for some, it's not just a game - it's a serious problem that continues, even after the fun is gone.
Just as some people can become addicted to alcohol or drugs, it is possible for a person to become obsessed with an uncontrollable urge to gamble.
The condition is called Problem Gambling - an emotional illness that often remains hidden until the consequences of repeated gambling begins to affect the financial and emotional security
of the gambler and the family.
As the stress of these consequences increases, the Problem Gambler finds he/she must seek relief through even more gambling. The result is a progressive financial and emotional deterioration
which can destroy both the gambler and his/her family.
Problem Gambling can affect men and women of any age, race or religion, regardless of financial or social status. It is not possible to predict who develops a gambling problem, but once identified the problem can be successfully treated in many instances.