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Problem Gambling Checklist

WAGER OFTEN: A self check for problem gambling


The first step of your journey is to discover if you need or want to change. Try answering the following questions.

Withdrawal
Do you feel restless or irritable when attempting to reduce or stop gambling?

Affects relationships
Have you jeopardized or lost a significant relationship, job, or educational or career opportunity because of gambling?

Goal is to get even by chasing losses
Do you feel restless or irritable when attempting to reduce or stop gambling?

Escape
Have you gambled as a way to escape problems or relieve a bad mood like helplessness, guilt, anxiety, or depression? 

Rescue
Have you ever had someone give you money to rescue you financially?

Outside the law
Have you ever committed an illegal act, such as forgery, fraud, theft, or embezzlement to finance gambling?

Failure to control
Have you made repeated unsuccessful efforts to reduce, control, or stop gambling? 

Tolerance
Do you need to gamble with increasing amounts of money or to risk more to achieve the desired excitement? 

Evades telling the truth
Have you ever lied to family members, employers, healthcare providers, or others to conceal the extent of involvement with gambling?

Needs to think about next gambling venture
Is preoccupied with reliving past gambling experiences, handicapping or planning the next venture, or thinking of ways to get money with which to gamble? 

 
If you answered “Yes” to  2-4 items indicates a likelihood of Problem Gambling. Answering “Yes” to 5 or more items indicates a likelihood of Compulsive or Pathological Gambling.

 
For more information on Problem Gambling Counseling, please contact A Chance to Change Foundation at 405-840-9000.

Call A Chance to Change : (405) 840-9000
info@achancetochange.org