Social Isolation From Gambling
Any type of addiction can lead to isolation. This is because addictions are typically something that addicts want to keep secret. Mostly because the addict does not want others to know the extent of the problem. The trouble is that addictions do not immediately start out as addictions. They may not be totally hidden at first. Consider an alcoholic. Having the occasional drink if you are of age is not illegal. Therefore, it’s not seen as a problem by most. However, drinking daily and in excess is a problem. An alcoholic may start out as a casual drinker. But as the alcohol becomes a necessity and habit, it may be hidden. This is true of social isolation from a gambling addiction as well.
What is Gambling Addiction
Gambling addiction is an addiction that can come in many forms. This is due to the fact that there are many types of gambling. Everything from cards, to the lottery, to horse racing and sports can be part of gambling addiction. This type addiction can occur when a person feels that they are in financial trouble, or ruin. It can make one believe gambling is the only way to get out of trouble. It may also be found in those who play games and make risky bets to get an emotional high. Many factors can contribute to a gambling addiction. Aside from the ‘high’ and desperation for money, some may like the social status attained when successful as a gambler. While others enjoy the socialization that comes with mainstream gambling. Unfortunately, gambling excessively over time can take a dark turn and lead to isolation over socialization.
Isolation and Gambling
There is a researched connection between gambling and social isolation. It has been documented that people who feel socially isolated are more likely to take risks with their money in gambling situations. This is thought to be because of the value they place on money to obtain what they want as far as socially. The irony is that a gambling addiction can actually cause more social isolation for the addict. Therefore, it can be especially problematic if the gambler is on a losing streak. Isolation may also occur because the gambler has lied about their whereabouts to family and friends. This is to hide the amount of gambling or to try to win back money that no one knows has been lost yet.
Furthermore, as gambling may cause or exacerbate symptoms of depression, anxiety, and even suicidal thoughts due to excessive loss. The gambler may isolate more. Some people may even spend so much time gambling that they avoid eating with others. Eventually, showing signs of weight loss or gain, acne, and even dark circles. These changes will isolate the person further. Additionally, those who gamble long term may turn to drugs and alcohol to cope with both wins and losses which can lead to isolation over time.
If you or a loved one have a gambling addiction then help is available. It can be difficult to ask for help for a problem that is in part socially accepted. However, getting help is necessary for your physical, mental, and financial health. If you need help contact DARA or Paracelsus to receive quick and affordable help that will change your life.
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