Addicted to Gambling

We addictionists divide addiction into substance addictions (alcohol and other mind altering drugs, food, even cigarettes) and process addictions (shopping, gambling, exercise, work, and sex). In and of themselves, none of these substances or processes is “bad”. The problem is the addict and what the addict does with the substance or process. The way an addict is affected by anything potentially mind altering is always different from the way a non-addict is affected. The problem is the addict, not the “drug of choice”.Normal people, whoever they are, can use substances and processes appropriately without negative consequences. Addicts will abuse (ab-use) any of the above. Addicts may have a favorite substance or process, or several of each, but most addicts are willing and able to use, overuse, and abuse anything available. Many gambling addicts, for example, use alcohol, a little too much food, and regular gambling, all in the service of changing their feelings. At first none of these look like a problem. As the use, the disease (dis-ease, dis-comfort) continues, the blossoming addict covers more and more feelings with the drugs and processes. He may become a little overweight, not do other things he says he wants to do, not be “present” in his relationships, and spend more and more energy on his “hobby”, gambling, along with some drinking and perhaps smoking cigarettes.Look harmless? Hmmm. Maybe not so much. The harm ranges from distancing himself from emotional presence in his own life and relationships, to obsession with finding ways to gamble more. As it becomes increasingly important, gambling eventually dominates his thoughts and feelings. If he stops gambling for a period of time, he may find that he drinks, smokes, and eats more, substituting those substances and temporarily using them instead of gambling to deal with his underlying discomfort.Use of any of these are, for him, in the service of covering or changing feelings, providing a “high”, or dealing with emotional and spiritual pain and emptiness. After gambling for a while, the odds usually catch up with him and he looses money. In response, he does not stop gambling, but searches for ways to “do it differently”. He is like the alcoholic who changes types of alcohol…switches to beer and wine only, as he believes the vodka caused problems, failing to see that he, not the alcohol, and certainly not the type of alcohol, is the problem.For the alcoholic, it is what he does with alcohol and what it does to him that is the problem. “Wherever he goes, there he is!”. Just switching drinks or bars will not help. Bummer! Obsession and compulsion, emptiness and pain, drive addiction. The gambler may change locations or types of gambling but will not stop in response to negative consequences. Compulsive gambling acquires increasing importance and becomes his primary relationship, pushing out much of the rest of his life.If he decides to “control” his gambling addiction, (normal people don’t have to control their use of any substance or process, they can simply take it or leave it), the addict spends inordinate energy to not gamble on a given day, or after a certain number of hours at the casino or computer, or after a certain amount of money spent, or some other external control. Attempting to control an addiction never works for long. The frequency, intensity, and problems associated with gambling will always resurface, it is just a matter of when; or the addict will switch addictions and become a heavier smoker, heavier drinker, bigger over-eater, workaholic, all of the above or something else…it is just a matter of time. The addict will use any and all processes and substances to cover feelings, taking him away from being emotionally present and trying to fill a void that cannot be filled in this way.The non-addict does not abuse or overuse and the substance or process does not take over his life. Repeat after me: “It is the addict, not the substance or process, that is the problem”.Most addicts find that the foundation of a strong recovery is to fill the void with a relationship with a Higher Power; many call this power God. This relationship is free for the asking, the seeking, and the receiving. Try it…nothing to lose but your pain and addiction…and everything to gain, beginning with your self.To recover, one must stop the addiction, feel the feelings, however painful, deal with them, then heal! It cannot be done alone. Get help!If you want help for gambling, find a consultant or therapist familiar with recovery from addiction. Gamblers Anonymous is one of the 125 twelve step groups based on Alcoholics Anonymous, the “Gold Standard.” Locate the closest G.A. meeting or use an open meeting of A.A. or Narcotics Anonymous to begin the process of getting free from addiction.

Top Gambling Payouts Found Here

How many times have you seen that one? You know, the bright flashy sign or logo claiming that the casino has the top gambling payouts. It may look all fine and dandy, but how do you know they are the top gambling payouts? You must fully educate yourself on how gambling payouts work in order to determine weather they indeed are the best ones available.There are a lot of inexperienced gamblers mixed amongst the professionals. Just because you had a few good runs here and there doesn’t make you a gambling expert. I am quite sure you are aware of that. But there are ways for you to become better at gambling, and they aren’t all that difficult. It all begins with knowledge and education. Yes, who would ever think education has a big role in the world of online gambling?If you patiences, determination, and a will to learn, you are already off to a good start. Read up on how gambling payouts work in general. Most casinos have their one set of rules and regulations that are put into place. Understanding these terms and conditions are essential before playing at the casino. You have to think with some sense of practicality if you want to fully understand the full spectrum of a gambling payout. Understanding payout percentages will help you find what casinos work best for you.In general, payout percentages at casinos are formed by comparing the amount of winnings against actual amounts wagered, for all games. The terms are thrown around quite loosely at all these casinos, and they are usually just a way to attract players. The higher the payout rate the better. The payout percentage rates are known to fluctuate, and will change quite often actually. Just remember, not every payout percentage rate is the actual rate. This number should be correct, but who’s to say that it isn’t falsely advertised?When you see a casino advertising that the top gambling payouts are found there, just remember that you shouldn’t dump all your money in that one casino. It’s similar to seeing a restaurant advertising “the best ribs in town”. Just because the restaurant claims their ribs are the best doesn’t really mean they are.Always remember to think clearly when gambling online. Any type of online gambling can result in a significant loss of money if you aren’t careful. You should always treat your gambling experiences as pure entertainment. Gambling can be an incredible amount of fun if played responsibly. And you don’t have to believe that every casino has the top gambling payouts which will earn you the most amount of money.

Legalization Creates Business Opportunity in Internet Gambling

In Tom W. Bell’s address before the National Gambling Impact Study Commission, he presumed that eventually, internet gambling will be legalized. There are ongoing debates on the advantages and disadvantages of the legalization. It is also studied whether the claim of creating business opportunity in internet gambling is true. But experts say that, sooner or later, other states will also demand the same leeway that is given to Las Vegas in terms of gambling legality.But even though there are designated gambling sites in the country, the development of technology makes it easier for people to access gambling sites online. In fact, people responded in recent studies that they will not fly to Las Vegas just to play in a legal casino. This is probably the reason why illegal gambling sites and fly-by-night gambling areas in the suburbs are created.Well-meaning people who want to prevent gambling from being legalized have other interests to protect. Because the internet is readily accessible even to the youth, they fear that legalizing internet gambling might expose the young to early gambling activity. But currently, there are indeed minors who do play in online gambling sites. And there is very little that the government could do because the World Wide Web is too immense a sea of information to be monitored constantly to prevent minors from accessing it.Another good thing about the business opportunity in internet gambling is that competition will beef up among gambling site operators. Each site will invest in its website and gambling games, making it as close to the physical gambling games as possible. The recreation of the experience in a real casino will become the ideal. And contrary to claims that gambling in one’s home is addicting and dangerous, it is not true. Going to a real casino poses real danger because that place is a controlled, carefully studied layout of making people spend everything that they brought there. Everywhere people go, there’s a slot machine waiting to get played. But if people would rather gamble online, people are still subject to external hindrances such as a crying baby or a spouse warning they’ve to stop after they’ve reached their 8th hour in gambling online.Legalizing internet gambling is the best way to regulate these businesses. There is nothing much that laws can do in order to curtail gambling online. So instead of inhibiting online gambling, the government must legalize it and regulate it once it has been legalized. For now, they can simply focus their efforts on studying how to legalize the activity in order to generate more tax for developing social services. Once it has been legalized, online gamblers can be assured that this move will encourage more companies to join the online gambling industry.With enough competition in the field and with regulation from the government, there can really be a lucrative business opportunity in internet gambling. Besides taxes that can help the government earn more, the creation of more gambling sites online will also create business opportunities for many people.