Another very real problem is gambling addiction. The National Council on Problem Gambling defines compulsive gambling or gambling addiction as a “progressive behavior disorder, in which an individual has a psychologically uncontrollable preoccupation and urge to gamble.”
It’s estimated that up to 10 million people suffer from this disease, yet often it goes unchecked until it reaches a crisis stage, like when a person enters into complete and total financial ruin. Preventive programs have started around the country and dealers are beginning to receive training to recognize the warning signs of compulsive gambling. “Bet with your head, not over it” accompanies many of the advertisements for casinos in Atlantic City, along with the local number to a compulsive gambling helpline. Other gaming centers are following suit with more aggressive awareness programs. If you suspect you might personally have a problem with gambling, don’t delay in getting help. And definitely rethink your career plans. Total abstinence from further gambling is the only prescription recommended for gambling addicts.