Signs Your Super Bowl Gambling May Be Teetering On Addiction

"Linval Joseph vs Tom Brady" by SAB0TEURDid you know more people bet on the Super Bowl than any event in American sports? According to SBNation.com, the total amount of money on the line worldwide is counted not in millions, but billions. In Las Vegas, 2014’s game produced a record $119 million, smashing the previous high of $98.9 million set just one year prior. And with the new recent proliferation of online betting sites like DraftKings and FanDuel, there are even more opportunities to put your money on the line.

While many people join a football pool at the office or play fantasy football with friends as a fun distraction, there are many for whom the gambling becomes an addiction.

Gambling addiction can be hard to notice, especially when gambling on sports has become so acceptable. What are the signs?

  • You are betting an amount of money you swore you would never bet
  • You are hiding your bets from family and friends
  • Your gambling is becoming ritualistic
  • Your gambling is beginning to negatively affect your life
  • You are losing time at work
  • You cannot pay your bills
  • You are borrowing money from the wrong people
  • You are facing legal issues

Like other addictions, an addiction to gambling can be life-consuming and hard to stop on your own. So if you, or someone you know is facing addiction, reach out for help. The first step is always the hardest but there are resources available online and in person. There’s the well-known Gamblers Anonymous and The National Council on Problem Gambling.

And if you’re having a hard time taking that first step, use that Contact link above and reach out to me. I know the problems inherent with gambling addiction and I can help. Take that first step today.

 

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