How can I tell if someone may have a gambling problem? Individuals who answer 'yes' to one or more of these questions may wish to seek help: Am I spending more time and more money on gambling? Am I spending a lot of time thinking about gambling? Have I tried to cut back or stop, but I can't? Am I irritable or restless when I can't gamble? Does gambling help me escape theQuoted From: https://www.hca.wa.gov/health-care-services-supports/behavioral-health-recovery/problem-gambling
"How can I tell if someone may have a gambling problem?
Individuals who answer "yes" to one or more of these questions may wish to seek help:
Am I spending more time and more money on gambling?
Am I spending a lot of time thinking about gambling?
Have I tried to cut back or stop, but I can"t?
Am I irritable or restless when I can"t gamble?
Does gambling help me escape the troubles of lie and make me feel better?
Have I gone back another day to win back my losses?
Have I lied to people I care about to hide my gambling?
Have I taken money that wasn"t mine, written bad checks because of my gambling, or broken other laws?
Have I neglected my family, job, or schoolwork because of gambling?
If you think you might be living with someone who has a gambling disorder ("compulsive gambler"), view an assessment questionnaire from Gam-Anon (a support organization for family and friends impacted by problem gambling).
What should I do if I think I have a gambling problem?
To find a treatment provider in your area, call or text the Washington State Problem Gambling (ECPG) Helpline at 1-800-547-6133.The Helpline is open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.
Who is eligible to receive treatment?
All Washington residents, including people who gamble and their family members, are eligible for treatment services. You don"t not need to be Medicaid-eligible to receive treatment.
You may access treatment by calling or texting the Washington State Problem Gambling Helpline, open 24/7, at 1-800-547-6133. Helpline staff will refer you to a problem gambling certified counselor in your area.
If you do not have insurance, or if your insurance does not cover treatment for problem gambling, you may qualify for state-funded treatment. You may be eligible for treatment if:
You need treatment for a gambling disorder.
You are unable to afford treatment.
You have a strong desire to get help.
Family members impacted by problem gambling may also be eligible to receive treatment."
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