All in all,throughout my research, I have learned the true dangers of gambling. Althoughdon’t get me wrong, gambling can be very fun at times, and can also create asense of thrill that you can’t get from anything else, gambling is anaddiction. It is a disease that can’t be cured by an individual alone. In orderto fix the problem, we need to first address the problem.
We must seek help forour friends who we think might have a gambling problem, and must reach out tothose whose minds are still growing to explain the upcoming problems caused bygambling. I can admit that I am a gambler myself. I like to take risks in life.However, I would never do anything that would harm others and myself. But whydo we as a society still feel the need to shun those who are risk takers? Thosewho seem to want to be successful more than they want to breathe are the oneswho we will all work for one day.
And these people are the same ones who youcan find taking a gamble in life every single day. I’m not here to tell you tonot take risks. Without taking risks in life we would all be wearing a suit andtie to work everyday in a cubicle from 9-5. What I am encouraging you to do isto help those who need it the most.
If we all can come together to help oneanother we can one day fix this “disease.” Although it is a problem that agambler can’t admit they need help, it is an even bigger problem that we don’t reachout and try to help them anyways. We are just as big as a problem as they are, andI encourage you to go out and help those who need it most. A gamblingaddiction is just as bad as any addiction. Just like a alcohol and drugaddiction, a gambling addiction can ruin lives and ruin families. A gamblingaddiction should be just as important as any other addiction when being treatedfor. It is hard to tell if someone has a gambling problem because they arecapable of lying with a perfectly straight face. This is done because they areable to lie and convince their selves that they do not have a problem so itmakes it easier to convenience others.
“As with any other addiction it’sdestructive, progressive and life-threatening. It’s an addictive illness inwhich a person is driven by an overwhelming, uncontrollable impulse to gamble,much as an alcoholic is driven to drink. It’s similar to other addictions, inthat it progresses in a person’s life with an urgency and intensity that takesup increasing amounts of time, energy, emotional and financial resources” (Stuart 104). A gambling addiction is adisease and as time goes on this gets worse which will ultimately destroy theirlives. As this gets worse the individual will further distract and distractthemselves from life to hide the fact that they have an addiction. Gambling isjust as much of a problem for an individual as any other addiction and shouldbe treated with the best resources as possible. Gamblingaddiction has caused many problems for adults all throughout America.
Gamblingaddiction has caused many adults to go into bankruptcy, lose their job, andeven not get hired for a job. Gamblers tend to be intelligent, outgoing, andcompetitive individuals that almost seems to be perfect for what companies arelooking for when they hire a new employee. However, “the gambler becomesunreliable, misses deadlines and meetings, and gambling, such as depression,anxiety, and high blood pressure, may surface. Employees with gambling problemshave a high rate of suicide and attempted suicide, and stressed family membersare also at risk of committing suicide” (Broffman 13). Due to the effects from gambling a gambler will not be ableto perform well in the work place because they typically will take risk onthings that they see would work in their favor. Even though a gamble does not needto be done an employee with an gambling problem will still take the risks. Gambling addiction can start at a young age.
Even at timesthat we do not think that this addiction is form it is. For example, just by anadult taking their child to a horse race and betting on a horse, can cause thechild to feel the intensity of gambling and want to do it again. “Young peopleapproach gambling for very innocent reasons, often with the endorsement oftheir parents and families. The readily available scratch-and-win card is theform of gambling most often used by young adolescents, but afternoon pokergames, betting on sporting events, and participation in sweepstakes and 50-50draws also enjoy a social “stamp of approval”” (Buja, Alessandra, et al. 425). We should be awarewhen we are gambling whether it is in a poker game or by just playing thelottery.
By knowing when we are gambling, we cannot do it in front of childrenor young adults so that the younger generation has a less chance of being affectedby gambling addiction. However this is not the case. Many adults do influencegambling in young adults. “It is against the law for individuals underthe age of 18 to engage in most legal forms of gambling, but it is easy to findadults willing to help or let them gamble, so the legal restriction is noobstacle to their experimenting with such activities” (Buja, Alessandra, et al. 425). Adults should notallow young adults under the age of eighteen because it is illegal and youngadults should learn about the harmful effects that gambling can cause to aperson.Gambling is a major issue among many American’s to this day.
According to Rehab International, “A recent research reveals that in America,approximately 2.5 million adults suffer from compulsive gambling, about 3million are considered problem gamblers, around 15 million adults are under therisk of becoming problem gamblers and 148 million fall under the low riskgambler category” (2017). Low-risk gambling is the most common and this is wheremany gamblers fall under.
“Evidence from recent studies of gambling and thedistribution of harm across lower and higher risk gamblers is reviewed to examine the contention that theabsolute burden of harm is greater in low-risk gamblers than the problemgamblers” (Daniel and Delfabbro163). Even people that are active in low-risk gambling should receive equaltreatment as any other addiction. Another form of gambling is called disorderedgambling and this is the worst classified addiction in gambling. “Disorderedgambling is a progressive addiction characterized by an increasingpreoccupation with gambling. This involves a need to bet more money morefrequently, causing restlessness or irritability when attempting to stop, aswell as “chasing” losses, and a loss of control, manifested bycontinuation of gambling behavior in spite of mounting, serious, negativeconsequences” (Broffman 12).
Thistype of addiction has the most harm when it comes to families and the individualthem self. This type of gambling causes many disruptions in all differentaspects in life including physiological, social, financial, and even physical.Are we blind to the fact that everything we do in life is agamble? When a brave man decides to quit his job to pursue his dream ofcreating his very own Italian restaurant, we cheer him on and encourage him.
Now there is another man who is playing in a Texas Hold’em Tournament with fivethousand other contestants, hoping to take home that grand prize of one milliondollars to take care of his loving wife and two little boys. They both aretaking a risk to obtain a greater reward, but we only see the good in one ofthem. I personally enjoy playing poker games. I love the way the dealer canthrow the cards across the table like ninja stars and they never mess up. I alsolove the adrenaline I have when I know I’m winning. However, with every greatwin in a poker game, brings an even greater loss.
There is a famous quote byIsaac Newton which states “what comes up must come down.” Although this relatesto gravity this quote can be used in any casenario. In a gambling aspect, whenyou have more money, there is a bigger chance of you losing more money. Losinga lot of money can cause someone to have depression, suicidal thoughts, andanxiety. This can also lead to a person losing their jobs, or families.
Ourproblem in society is we tend to look away at those who we believe that have agambling problem, and instead we should be seeking help for them. Most of thosewho have a problem don’t want to, or don’t think they have a problem and willnot admit it. Although it is hard for a problem gambler to admit they needchange, it makes it a whole lot easier when they have the support of othersaround them.The real problem of gamblers.