When gamblers are asked why they enjoy wagering on games or any sports, one of the most common answers that you may get is that they see gambling as a form of relaxation. Surprisingly, science can actually back this up.

People who enjoy any form of gambling, as long as it’s still recreational and not a problem, seem to be less stressed and calmer. This is because they see gambling as a way to release stress.

One study has found that playing a casino game alone can reduce the cortisol levels found in your body. These are the hormones that make you feel stressed. Apparently, playing any simple and relaxing casino games can lower your body’s cortisol level by about 17%.

That’s why it’s easy to understand why people see gambling as something therapeutic. However, too much of anything is simply too much. A gambling problem may go on undetected and this is why it’s important to know how to identify one.

Gambling addiction is a problem that a lot of people face worldwide. According to the National Council on Problem Gaming (NCPG), there are about 5 million Americans who are considered to be compulsive gamblers and only 8% of them would seek help.

While quitting seem to be the quickest option to solve a gambling problem, this isn’t really the best thing to do for some. What you need to know is that gambling is not all bad. The right mindset is simply necessary in order for you to gamble without any problems.

Before we head on to learning how you should deal with a gambling problem, you first should be able to identify whether you, a family member or a friend has it. Here are some of the signs or behaviors you should look for:

• Choosing to gamble over school, work, or activities that used to matter a lot
• Always placing large bets that are already seen as dangerous or risky
• Feeling guilt or remorse about placing bets but still won’t stop
• Unnecessary borrowing of money for gambling
• Being defensive about gambling
• Spending too much time on gambling and forgetting to do important things like eating and bathing.

These are just a few behaviors that a person with a gambling problem has. Sometimes, people with gambling problems are quiet about it and won’t exhibit any of these behaviors. The best thing that you can do if you’re suspecting that someone has a gambling issue is to probe.

What you need to know is that people with gambling problems don’t care about their security anymore. They no longer even try to look for the best mobile casinos or sportsbooks out there. What they simply aim for is to be able to place their bets.

How to Face a Gambling Problem Without Giving It Up

Like a lot of problems, a gambling problem is something you can’t really give up right away. The right mindset when placing any bets is what’s necessary to triumph this battle. Here are a few things that you can do to avoid experiencing problems when you’re gambling:

• Only place bets when you have money to spare

Gambling is recreational and not necessary. It’s best to never include this in your monthly budget. The only time that you should allow yourself to place bets, especially if they are big, is when you can truly afford it.

• Set a limit

Addiction may let you have a hard time sticking to your limit. What you can do is to have someone help you with this. If you’ll be playing in a land-based casino, take someone who can help you stop when needed. If you’ll be playing online, only deposit an amount that you’re allowing yourself to consume.

• Always check the time

When you’re gambling, it’s easy to ignore what time it is. In fact, a lot of land-based casinos do not have any clocks in the establishment to keep their customers playing. Whether you’re in a land-based casino or you’re playing online, keep track of time. Try to only play for only 1 to 3 hours so that you still have more time to be productive with other things.

• Learn to Accept Your Losses

A lot of people who gamble that end up with problems are the ones who can’t accept defeat. When you’ve lost a game and you’ve already reached your limit, stand up and get away from the table. Trying to chase your losses will just make you feel eager to keep on playing.

Author's Bio: 

Ajeet has done Bachelors in Journalism and Mass Communication. He has extensive experience in community management, social media consultancy, child safety, and crisis management.