Some people say that gambling is just a game and isn't a big deal- what do you say?

Remember the main difference between the two issues. Games are fun and amusing, while compulsive gambling is about avoiding feelings with addiction.

Every form of addiction comes from the compulsive need to cover up some type of inner pain. While many people think it's easy to stop a behavior like gambling that is used by many people for recreation, entertainment or just passing the time, it's not. Not for a person who is overwhelmed and highly stressed, because it can quickly turn into an uncontrollable desire that can destroy everything good in life.

Addictions are becoming more common and include the compulsive need for alcohol, drugs, sex, spending, food or gambling; all of which can become life dominating at first and then eventually life-destroying.

Here are 4 of the most likely reasons that trigger this driven and destructive psychological force.
Loneliness- which is solved with connected relationships and social interaction
Unfulfilled- which is solved by knowing and living out your life purpose every day
Stressed- which is solved with a change in perspective and increase in life supports
Tired- which is solved by sleep, rest and learning to release control to God through prayer
The more of these psychological triggers a person is experiencing, the more dangerous it can be for them to get involved in potentially compulsive activities like gambling, since it sets them up toward more stress and addiction, instead of the stress-reduction that comes from amusement while playing a game.

Gambling is a big deal, so remember that it is common for someone says they don't have a problem giving up a particular habit to be lying to themselves or you. Be alert for denial or self-justification about behavior when you honestly confront issues and don't be afraid to seek the help of an experienced mental health professional since you can't break an addiction alone. The first step is the hardest, and the most powerful because it's moving in the right direction toward positive life change. Dwight Bain Bio:Author, Nationally Certified Counselor & Certified Family Law Mediator in practice since 1984 with a primary focus on solving crisis events and managing major change. Professional member of the National Speakers Association and Critical Incident Stress Management expert with the Orange County Sheriffs Office, founder of and trainer for over 1,000 business groups on the topic of making strategic change to overcome major stress- both personally & professionally. Access more life coaching strategies at

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