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Rolling the Dice on Addiction: 5 Gambler Types and When to Be Concerned

Cards, dice, slots, and bets!

Casinos give adults a chance to feel like a kid again. Only instead of playing whack a mole, or jumping in a ball pit, they’re gambling.

Since the beginning of time, societies have loved to gamble. Records show as far back as 2300 BC people would gather to place bets.

Did you know that gambling can rewire neural circuits in your brain? Our minds love rewarding experiences, like the high of doubling your money. Once you’ve tasted a big win, your mind might start putting in requests for more.

Once in action, addiction is a disastrous disease, leaving behind a wake of turmoil. Yet, not everyone who gambles has a problem.

So, when do things cross the line from being fun to being reckless? Read on to learn about 5 different gambler types, and what ones you should look out for.

1. Professional Gambler

Professional gambling is safe. Here’s why professional gambling is okay to do.

Professional gambling:

  • Doesn’t rely on impulse
  • Creates income
  • Uses patience
  • Improves memory
  • Builds mathematical skills

Professionals will look at the casino as their place of work. Instead of earning a traditional income, they may be able to pay their bills from their winnings. Some professionals will do both: work a normal job and gamble on the side.

A professional gambler isn’t chasing the high of a big win. They also aren’t trying to “trick” or “beat” the system. Through calculated procedures and specific techniques, professionals bring in regular earnings.

There are even degrees you can earn that focus on gambling as a profession.

However, keep in mind that professionals aren’t exempt from any risk of addiction.

Anyone can turn their job into an addiction. Becoming a “workaholic” puts individuals at risk of developing an addiction.

If you or a loved one is gambling, they need to maintain a work-life balance. Once this balance goes away, new problems can start emerging.

2. Laidback Social Gambling

Social gambling is safe. Here’s why laidback social gambling isn’t problematic.

Social Gambling:

  • Enjoy networking
  • Focus on friends
  • Plan outings
  • Keep up with responsibilities

Social gambling is an opportunity to see familiar faces and have fun. Instead of focusing on winning, these individuals care about each other.

One of the main reasons social gambling is safe is the way it occurs. Individuals will usually plan their outings. The decision to go gamble doesn’t come from an urge or impulse.

When gambling is a recreational option, rather than a must-have, you’ll limit your spending. If someone gambles this way, they usually have long gaps between outings.

Their trips to the casino aren’t on a fixed schedule or routine. They may even find themselves going weeks or months without placing a single bet.

It’s possible for someone to start off as a social player, and then change. For example, if somebody won a lot of money, they might feel tempted to return the next day.

If they can resist the urge to go back and spend more, great! If not, then they might be getting close to an addictive situation.

3. Frequent Social Gambling

Frequent social gambling is both safe and unsafe. It all depends on the circumstances. Here are a few aspects of intense social gambling.

Frequent Social Gambling:

  • Plan outings
  • Use casino as a social outlet
  • Have healthy personal lives
  • Set aside money they can spend
  • Don’t overspend

When someone gambles a lot, you might think they have a problem. Yet, this might not be true. Gambling every week can be an acceptable habit if it’s kept under control.

Some people love to gamble and want to make it their hobby. They will set aside fixed amounts of money and time to enjoy their favorite past time.

When social gamblers maintain their personal lives, there usually isn’t a problem. They have fun at the casino, but then return home to their lives.

When they’re home, their thoughts aren’t consumed with the urge to go gamble. If they begin to need more money or more time, it could be the start of an addiction.

4. Stress Relief Gambling

Gambling for stress relief is unsafe. Let’s look at why gambling as an escape puts people at risk of harming themselves or families.

Stress relief gambling:

  • Escape problems with gambling
  • Deal with strong negative emotions
  • Need pain relief
  • Aren’t seeking fun

Like an escape drinker, an escape gambler wants to run away from reality. This type of gambling is unhealthy. It prevents individuals from sorting out their feelings.

These individuals don’t care about getting rich quick, or having a big win. This is helpful because it makes it easier to walk away once you’ve spent all your allotted money. But it wreaks havoc on their personal lives.

Rather than working through a crisis, they run away and pretend it isn’t there. Of course, this only causes the current problem to become worse. Thus, a vicious cycle of problems and escapism begins.

5. Compulsive Gambling

Finally, compulsive gambling is definitely unsafe. Here’s a look at what it’s like to have a compulsion to gamble.

Compulsive gambling:

  • Don’t have control
  • Become consumed by gambling
  • Ignore negative consequences
  • Never feel satisfied

Can you imagine what it’d be like to always be hungry? That’s what it’s like when you’re mind is telling you to gamble. What starts off as a small hunger craving transforms into insatiable desire.

They don’t “want” to gamble: they “have” to and they’ll do anything to make it happen. Spending savings, selling cars, pawning jewelry, whatever it takes to place another bet.

These people are stuck in a state of always needing more. They’ll never have enough, no matter how much time or money they spend. Even after winning big, compulsive individuals will feel the need to get more.

Addressing Your Concerns

Acknowledging there’s a potential problem is a big step in the right direction. Are you or your loved one a gambler dealing with addiction? It helps to remember you don’t have to go through it alone.

BrainSpark Health is on a mission to help others create new opportunities in their lives. Our treatments address the source of compulsive urges: the brain.

Instead of relying on conventional methods, we offer patients an alternative. Being monitored by trained professionals, we are able to jump-start your brain. Next, we combine holistic medicines and social reprogramming to guarantee your success.

Are you ready to learn about life outside of addiction? The road to recovery starts with you here, today. Contact us and request a private call today.