Commitment to the Responsible Game

Betting and online game can be very fun activities - and lucrative, in addition. In fact, millions of people around the world enjoy this pastime, have fun and sometimes also take a pinch of money to the pocket. However, it is sometimes given the circumstance that are the bets that dominate us and what could be an innocent pastime becomes a very dangerous addiction that negatively affects both the player and the relatives of him.

What is Ludopathy?

Pathological addiction to the game is considered a disruption of control of impulses, as well as cleptomania, pyromania or trichotylomania. The person suffering from ludopathy has complications to control the impulses of it and is pushed irreforablely to betting gambling.

There are certain behaviors that, although they may appear without an addiction to the game, they must be taken into account in case you observe them in you or in a close person, since very frequently they are given in Troubles of Ludopathy:

  • Feeling of anguish, anxiety or despair for playing
  • Irascible behavior - prosely on the defensive - when someone insinuates that it can have a problem with betting
  • Abandonment of family life or other activities to dedicate more time to betting
  • Lies about the time or money that devotes to the game

How is an addiction problem about betting?

According to some specialists, this type of addiction consists of three well-differentiated phases:

  • The golden stage, in which the player is more aware of the money he wins than what he spends
  • The stage of despair, in which the player realizes the money he has lost
  • The step of acceptance, in which the player acquires awareness of the problem he has

Of course, reaching this third stage is not easy. It is important to be aware from the minute one that, when they refuse, the problems do not disappear; It is only possible to start solving them when they are admitted. You are not the first nor the only person in the world to whom this has happened - of fact, is a problem that affects more and more people around the world. Apóyate in your loved ones, let yourself be advised and let them help you. There are many organisms and professionals out there who can give you a hand to leave the well.

How to help a Ludopath?

It is not always easy to discover that a loved one may be going through an addiction to the game. As we have previously pointed out, it is common for them to lie or try to hide it by all means. In case you detect any of the points of the previous section in a person in your environment, pay attention. If it is the person who recognizes having it or who asks for help, take it seriously.

The main thing is that you know what the problem consists of and that you have an open attitude and that you are willing to listen. The reproaches do not serve anything, except for the affected person to enclose more in itself and lie. Although it is not easy to make a ludopath recognize her problem, yes you can throw a hand talking about how the addiction of him has affected her life and those who surround him.

One of the strategies that can have an effect are the so-called "interventions", in which a member of the family or a very close friend speaks directly with the affected person addressing the problem. You may not change attitude, but it is common that at least serve for the addict to start assuming that she has a problem. The tone must be positive and affectionate, without subtracting importance to addiction.

Resources and agencies that may be helpful

In case you or a person of your environment have or believe have a problem of ludopathy, there are many resources available from which they can help you. There are many treatment, help and support routes; From group meetings with people who are in a similar situation, going through psychologists and psychiatrists, attendance telephones, etc.

For example, in Australia you can go to the venues with which Gamblers Anonymous has several cities - although they also have telephone lines with a local fee and email addresses; But there is also the Codere Foundation, which helps people with betting addiction, or Australian Federation of rehabilitated random players, which offers an anonymous, confidential and free attendance phone both for people who believe have an addiction problem as for their family members or loved ones.