When Gambling Stops Being Fun
If gambling has stopped being a fun, affordable activity for you or a loved one, it may be time to address the issue.
The signs below may indicate a problem. The more signs a person shows, the greater the likelihood that he or she may have lost control of their gambling.
- Gambling for longer and longer periods of time
- Lying about the extent of gambling involved
- Often missing work or school to gamble
- Neglecting personal or family responsibilities to gamble
- Using gambling as an escape
- Gambling with money needed for paying bills
- Believing the “big win” will bring gambling under control
Common Behaviors of Problem Gambling
Which of these behaviors may be signs of a problem? Click each to learn more.
Note: If you recognize these behaviors in you or someone else and are concerned that a problem exists, there is help. To learn more, contact the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling Helpline: 800-426-1234.