Social Gambling VS Gambling Addiction

Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW
Individual, Couples & Family Therapy
IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor
AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor
Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Posted by: Alex Robboy
CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.
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Social Gambling VS Gambling Addiction

Gambling becomes an addiction as opposed to a social behavior when it feels out of control. Addicted gamblers experience a loss of control. Typically, gambling addictions are progressive.  With time, the behaviors get worse.  These behaviors hurt not only the gambler, but those around him or her. 

Social Gambling is simply that. It’s an activity that is done with friends. The focus is not on the gambling, but rather the social interaction between people. Typically, social gamblers have a set amount of money has been dedicated to gambling. The goal for social gamblers is not to win or lose the money, but rather to have fun.  Many social gamblers play to lose. They decide ahead of time how much money they are going to lose that evening, and consciously play until all the money is gone.

Social gambling vs gambling addiction? Which one are you?