What Is a Gambling Problem?

Gambling takes many forms, but it’s always about taking chances.

There’s typically money or other possessions on the line, and whether it’s the lottery, slots, or cards – winning or losing is always random.

Problem gambling – or gambling addiction – involves the compulsion to take chances that are capable of damaging personal, family, or vocational pursuits. Unfortunately, the loved ones of the gambler are often affected as much as the gambler. It’s estimated that between 4 and 6 million Americans can be considered problem gamblers. For each of these, there is a family who is also suffering.