Australians really like to gamble; and it’s easy to do here, what with all the race tracks and casinos, four thousand-plus poker clubs, and about two hundred thousand poker machines spread across the continent. Plus, there is on-line gambling, which generates approximately $800 million a year.
Eighty percent of Australians gamble at least a few times a year, and that is more than any other country in the world. For most of us, it’s just something to do for a little fun—taking an occasional trip to the tables or the track, playing cards with friends for spare change, or throwing a few coins into the pokies on a weekend.
Where a need for hypnosis and hypnotherapy comes into play is for those who can’t stop after a few rounds of cards. For almost one and a half million Australians, gambling is a disease. It’s called a Pathological Gambling Disorder, and it chews up their income, impoverishes their families, and destroys their lives.
Compulsive gambling has many facets and many causes, and hypnotherapy with a skilled, competent professional offers powerful help. If you are reading this, and wondering if you are one of those at risk, ask yourself these questions:
- When you gamble, do you experience an intense emotional high, whether you are winning or losing?
- Do you daydream about gambling on a regular basis?
- Do you tend to feel restless or bored when you are not gambling?
- Are the important people in your life concerned about your gambling?
- Do you have trouble admitting how much or how often you gamble?
- Do you avoid telling people when you lose?
- Would people describe you as super competitive, restless, and easily bored?
- Do people tell you that you care too much about money?
If you answer yes to several of these questions, you may be at risk. In that case, ask yourself three more questions:
When you are gambling and losing, do you keep on putting money down, and even increasing the size of your bets, trying to recoup your losses?
Have you ever sold, or even stolen, property to get money to gamble with?
Have you tried to stop gambling and not been able to?
If you answered any of these questions in the affirmative, you are a compulsive gambler. You are addicted.
In our next blog, we’ll look at the ways a trained hypnotist can help you get your compulsive gambling under control.