If a person attends a Gamblers Anonymous then they will hear twenty questions at the beginning of the meeting. The questions are designed to give a person an idea of whether or not they might be a compulsive gambler. So, if you or someone you know might be on the fence of whether or not they need to get help then these questions might make things a little more clear for you or a loved one.
1. Did you ever lose time from work or school due to gambling?
2. Has gambling ever made your home life unhappy?
3. Did gambling affect your reputation?
4. Have you ever felt remorse after gambling?
5. Did you ever gamble to get money with which to pay debts or otherwise solve financial difficulties?
6. Did gambling cause a decrease in your ambition or efficiency?
7. After losing did you feel you must return as soon as possible and win back your losses?
8. After a win did you have a strong urge to return and win more?
9. Did you often gamble until your last dollar was gone?
10. Did you ever borrow to finance your gambling?
11. Have you ever sold anything to finance gambling?
12. Were you reluctant to use “gambling money” for normal expenditures?
13. Did gambling make you careless of the welfare of yourself or your family?
14. Did you ever gamble longer than you had planned?
15. Have you ever gambled to escape worry, trouble, boredom, loneliness, grief or loss?
16. Have you ever committed, or considered committing, an illegal act to finance gambling?
17. Did gambling cause you to have difficulty in sleeping?
18. Do arguments, disappointments or frustrations create within you an urge to gamble?
19. Did you ever have an urge to celebrate any good fortune by a few hours of gambling?
20.Have you ever considered self-destruction or suicide as a result of your gambling?
Most compulsive gamblers will answer ‘Yes’ to at least 7 of these questions. -Gamblers Anonymous
A recent article discusses how easily a gambling addiction can ruin a person’s life. The article points out how some people are ready for retirement and end up gambling their nest egg away. Moreover, other compulsive gamblers lose their homes, jobs and sometimes their marriages. A gambling addiction is devastating and these things can happen to you. If you think you might have a problem then getting treatment can save you and your family from much more grief than necessary.