Online Gambling: The Risks of Internet Casino Gambling

Online Gambling: The Risks of Internet Casino Gambling


American Psychiatric Association
guidelines for diagnosing a gambling
addiction
doesn’t distinguish between placing bets
in a physical location
like a casino or race track and over the
Internet
however, aspects of online gambling make
it potentially more addictive and harder
to recover from.
for example online gambling is available
24/7 via computer or mobile device
anywhere there’s an internet connection.
Internet anonymity makes it easier to
avoid traditional barriers to
participation
this has resulted in a new generation of
problem gamblers
teens and young adults – particularly
young men. In private, players can
easily consume drugs or excessive
alcohol which can increase the amount of
time spent gambling
and money wagered. easy access to online
bank and credit card accounts and
around-the-clock lending sites
increase the likelihood of impulse
betting and chasing losses.
even when online gambling sites have
policies restricting access
their ability to enforce them is unclear.
Recovery from an online gambling
addiction
involves a strategy specifically tailored
to the individual
a combination of treatments for
traditional gambling addiction
and for Internet addiction seems to work
best. As a recovering online gambler
addresses the thoughts and feelings
behind the compulsion and builds
healthier choices
and a good support network, resisting
urges becomes much easier
to learn more about online gambling
visit the Information Center at
BlakeRecoveryCenter.org
or CarrierClinic.org

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