Compulsive Gambler Questions

Gamblers Anonymous (GA) uses the following to help individuals determine whether they have a gambling problem:

  1. Did you ever lose time from work or school due to gambling?
  2. Has gambling ever made your home life unhappy?
  3. Did gambling affect your reputation?
  4. Have you ever felt remorse after gambling?
  5. Did you ever gamble to get money with which to pay debts or otherwise solve financial difficulties?
  6. Did gambling cause a decrease in your ambition or efficiency?
  7. After losing, did you feel that you had to return as soon as possible and win back your losses?
  8. After a win, did you have a strong urge to return and win more?
  9. Did you often gamble until your last dollar was gone
  10. Did you ever borrow to finance your gambling?
  11. Have you ever sold anything to finance your gambling
  12. Were you reluctant to use “gambling money” for normal expenditures
  13. Did gambling make you careless about the welfare of your family
  14. Did you ever gamble longer than you had planned
  15. Have you ever gambled to escape worry or trouble
  16. Have you ever committed, or considered committing, and illegal act to finance gambling
  17. Did gambling cause you to have difficulty in sleeping
  18. Do arguments, disappointments, or frustrations create within you and urge to gamble
  19. Did you ever have an urge to celebrate any good fortune by a few hours of gambling
  20. Have you ever considered self-destruction or suicide as a result of your gambling?

A compulsive gambler will have answered “yes” to at least seven of the questions.

If you have any concerns, reach out by calling 215-692-2753 right away.  The longer you wait, the more severe the problem will become.

Funding is available to Pennsylvania residents who qualify to assist with treatment.  The most important issue is that you call immediately.

A compulsive gambler will have answered “yes” to at least seven of the questions.

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