The Dangers Of Gambling Abuse And Addiction

So, how do you know if you or someone you love have a gambling problem?

First of all it’s important to note that compulsive gambling is a psychological condition that makes people unable to control their desire to gamble. Many crave the feeling they have when they gamble and seek this experience on a daily basis, no matter whether they’re on a winning or losing streak.

Compulsive gamblers may start betting small amounts, but sooner or later start to wager higher bets in order to get the same feelings of excitement they had when they first started playing. Compulsive gamblers often feel agitated and restless if they are unable to gamble and can feel a strong desire to gamble when other aspects of their lives are weighing them down. Compulsive gamblers may also believe that gambling is the only way to pay off debts and keep believing that it’s only a matter of time before they hit the elusive jackpot. Some compulsive gamblers may find themselves lying to friends and families and in some cases stealing money or goods to pay for their gambling habit.

Not all compulsive gamblers will exhibit each of these qualities, but if you recognise just a few of these in yourself or someone close to you then it could be time to seek help.

Compulsive gambling is treatable and there are a number of wonderful organisations set up to deal specifically with this problem.

Gamblers Anonymous is probably the most well-known and widespread and is based on a 12-step program similar to that of Alcoholics Anonymous. Members meet on a regular basis to share experiences and listen to each others stories and you will find that there are literally hundreds of Gamblers Anonymous groups situated all over the world. Go to the Gamblers Anonymous website for more information (www.gamblersanonymous.com) or check your local newspaper.

Gam-Anon is another well-respected self-help organization whose motto is “serenity, courage, wisdom. “Their website provides a solid resource into the issues surrounding compulsive gambling and meetings are held regularly. (www.gam-anon.org).

The National Council on Problem Gambling is a government sponsored organization with branches across the USA. The website also has a lot of information which you may find useful. (www.ncpgambling.org).

Other countries will also have their own groups and organizations which may be publicly or privately run. Again check your local newspaper or phone book for more information.

Remember, compulsive gambling is a mental health issue for which there is help and support. If you feel that gambling is dominating your life in a way that is harmful or unhealthy, then perhaps its time to talk to someone about it.

Obtain Evidence Of A Gambling Addiction For Litigation

Are you are in the process of custody litigation and need to prove that your ex has a severe gambling addiction? If so there are ways for you to obtain that evidence and present it in court in support of your custody case. you may know that they have a gambling addiction but the court will want solid proof and evidence, not just your accusations.In fact if you are making too many accusations and cannot back them up with proof it can work against you and bring your credibility into question.

When you are seeking joint or full custody or your child or children the court my order a professional to evaluate your situation. The evaluator will take many things into consideration including such factors as addiction. There are many different kinds of addictions, drugs, alcohol, sex, pornography and gambling. In this article we will examine gambling addiction and how private investigators can obtain evidence of a severe gambling addiction so that evidence can be used in your custody evaluation or litigation.

The court ordered custody evaluator will take addictions into consideration because of the adverse affects addicts have on children and stability in the home. If you can prove addiction you can win custody.

Today gambling addictions are worse than ever before because in 20011 we have literally hundreds on Internet gambling sites. Anyone with a severe gambling problem will have several accounts with online betting, sports book,card gaming and race book sites. So the fact that there are so many online sites that require you to register and sign in using an valid email address. Makes it a very simple investigation for an Internet investigator that is trained in tracing email address back to secret online gambling sites.

The Internet investigator will take the suspects name and email address search thousands of Internet gambling sites. Until he obtains a list of Internet gaming sites the suspect is associated with. Once the investigator returns a list of addresses that the suspects email has been registered with then it is a very simple matter for a divorce or custody attorney to subpoena the financial records of the gaming site. This will show how obsessed the person is with gambling and the amount of time, money and focus they are spending on their addiction.This kind of evidence will be very valuable in a custody litigation or court ordered evaluation.

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