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.

Last night he told his spouse he was working late but he was really at the casino.
Lying about the extent of gambling activity and involvement is a sign of problem

He missed his son’s birthday party. He stayed late at the casino thinking that the slot machine he was playing was due for a win.
Those with gambling problems often neglect responsibilities so they can keep playing.

She gambles more and more to escape from the pressures of home and work.
When gambling becomes an escape from job and family, it’s a problem.  

His mortgage payment was lost in an online game of blackjack.
Using money intended for monthly bills and a growing debt resulting from gambling are signs of a problem.

She’s often absent from work and is having a hard time managing her workload.
When gambling becomes an escape from job and family, it’s a problem.

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.