Myths are erroneous or false beliefs about something, and they tend to be associated with almost every aspect of life – gambling addiction is not an exception. Probably, you have heard many stories about gambling addiction, and while some of those stories carry truth, others tend to be devoid of facts; hence, they are baseless claims. Whether you are a gambler or not, it is important to know some of the most common myths linked to gambling; knowing those myths will certainly cause you no harm. Now, let’s take a peek at four gambling addiction myths as follows:
Greed Is the Main Driving Factor
Yes, gambling addiction revolves around a myriad of things, but a desire for wealth or riches is not necessarily one of them. Gamblers can be categorized into two groups: action gamblers and escape gamblers. Action gamblers generally play skill games in which they can apply their wits to beat the house. Games such as such as racetrack betting and poker tend to be their cup of tea. To this group, gambling is about abating poor self-esteem. Escape gamblers, on the other hand, tend to play chance games, including slots. For them, gambling is a means to avoid the realities of life.
It is important to understand that gambling is not about money. In fact, money or riches is just a vehicle gamblers use to realize their desired emotions. Certainly, you have heard cases where gamblers win huge cash but lose everything by putting back the money.
Gambling Addiction Only Affects Those Who Gamble Everyday
While some gamblers bet every day, others only do so sporadically. The irony emerges when the exact opposite of what many people believe happens (in some cases): sporadic gamblers become addicted whereas their frequent cousins manage to escape the addiction. So, when does gambling cease being a harmless hobby and become a full-blown addiction? This is the answer: when the gambler loses control and experiences problems. Once a person (gambler) loses control, his drive to gamble develops from cognitive to emotional. This is the time bet placement goes on the spree and the gambler begins chasing losses, leading to increased stakes and more losses. As a reminder, chasing losses is highly discouraged in gambling. In fact, it is advisable to call it a day as soon as you realize that you have lost. Try your luck another day!
Only the Gambler Is Affected by the Addiction
Addiction is sometimes referred to as a “family disease,” meaning it affects both the addict and everyone close to them. In some cases, the people around the gambler can be more affected than the gambler himself because they are on the receiving end of financial problems, mood swings, manipulation, lying, and other signs of addiction.
Gambling Addiction Is Just Weak Willpower
Gambling addiction is an impulse control disorder, and it is both compulsive and obsessive. Gambling can be as addictive as drugs or alcohol, and it, in fact, ticks the same boxes as these substances (alcohol and drugs) on an addiction chart (withdrawal symptoms, increased tolerance, etc.).