Problem gambling, or ludomania, is an urge to continuously gamble despite harmful negative consequences or a desire to stop. Problem gambling often is defined by whether harm is experienced by the gambler or others, rather than by the gambler’s behavior. Severe problem gambling may be diagnosed as clinical pathological gambling if the gambler meets certain criteria. Pathological gambling is a common disorder that is associated with both social and family costs. “Pathological gambling” is the most severe form of problem gambling and has been recognized by the American Psychiatric Association as a disease since 1980. Gaming or gambling is supposed to be for fun, for entertainment.

Teenagers are 3 to 4 times more likely to become problem gamblers than adults. 90% of High School students have gambled at least once in the last year. In the USA ages 14-21, 2.1% struggle with Problem Gambling, another 6.5% are at risk. Every year, 2% -3%, 2M U.S. adults are estimated to meet the criteria for disordered gambling, while another 4-6M individuals are problem gamblers at risk for serious addiction consequences. Men make up 2/3 majority of Problem Gamblers.

In the United States, a report by the National Council on Problem Gambling showed approximately one in five pathological gamblers attempts suicide. The Council also said suicide rates among pathological gamblers are higher than any other addictive disorder. The Suicide rate is higher for people who gamble, and for their families. Those with mental health issues are at an even greater risk. Those addicted to illicit drugs and alcohol are also at greater risk.

gambling addiction picGambling’s earliest roots can be traced back to approximately 3000 BCE, earliest known six-sided dice, in Mesopotamia (northern Iraq ) is believed to be the birth of gambling. In the United States figures like Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane each left their mark. Hickok, a legendary figure even in his own lifetime, was shot in the back of the head by Jack McCall, while playing poker at the No. 10 Saloon in Deadwood on August 2, 1876. Hickok was reported to be holding two black aces and two black eights with an uncertainty as to his fifth card. The 1919 World Series of Baseball was fixed because of gambling, where the “Chicago Black Sox” lost on purpose. Remember October 29, 1929? The Stock Market crashed and men were committing suicide jumping out of buildings. In August 1989, three years after he retired as an active player, Pete Rose agreed to permanent ineligibility from baseball amidst accusations that he gambled on baseball games while playing for and managing the Reds, including claims that he bet on his own team. In the 1990s, poker and casino gambling spread across the United States, most notably to Atlantic City, New Jersey. In 1998, Planet Poker dealt the first real money online poker game. In 1999, Late Night Poker debuted on British television. Beginning in 2003, major poker tournament fields grew dramatically, in part because of the growing popularity of online satellite-qualifier tournaments where the prize is an entry into a major tournament. The 2003 and 2004 World Series of Poker champions, Chris Moneymaker and “Fossil Man”, Greg Raymer, respectively, won their seats to the main event by winning online satellites. Certain networks started using table cameras so that those watching on TV could see the player’s hole cards. This helped the popularity of poker to explode!

I remember when I was in Blackjack Dealer School in 1993, they said that within a few years there would be casinos popping up in every state, they were right. Gambling, it’s everywhere you look! In every gas station, grocery store, liquor store, the internet, and casinos are everywhere! Don’t forget the Stock Market, thousands of people gamble every day. Scratch-off instant lottery tickets sell for as high as thirty dollars each. There are fifty or more different types of lottery tickets and all kinds of weekly lottery games. There are even vending machines that sell scratch-offs. There are advertisements everywhere, billboards and commercials. The casinos use a player card system where they give comp dollars for average bet and time played. An average player will get free rooms, food coupons, free play, free shows, invitations to parties, etc.; high rollers don’t pay for anything, plane tickets, limo service, free meals, etc. This feeds right into the damaged ego of the addict. Imagine someone who has low self esteem who suddenly is treated like a king or queen. This is a fantasy world that ends when the money runs out. If you have seen the movie “National Lampoons Vegas Vacation” and Rusty Griswold gambles (with a fake ID) and pretends to be Nick Papagiorgio. He wins and they comp him like crazy. That is a little bit like it really can be for high rollers.

Even the tough economy that we’re all living with doesn’t stop gambling. The hope of the big win keeps the rich and the poor gambling. The recent closings of The Revel Casino and The Showboat casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey show that the casino industry isn’t doing that well. People have less money for entertainment. The pathological gamblers won’t slow down because of the economy. In fact, it may even make the situation more extreme.

The Addictions Academy is proud to offer this National Certificate Program in Gambling Addiction Coaching, NCGAC. This addiction will become paramount in our world as it impacts the old, the young, the rich and the poor. The number one suicide rate in addictions!

We will cover definitions to help you get a better understanding of this complex topic, two forms of screening for gambling problems, Responsible gambling, Gamblers Anonymous Twelve Steps. Thinking of a problem gambler, Risks and rewards of gambling, Suicide and pathological gambling, The Impact of Problem Gambling on the Family, The Stages of Problem Gambling, a Look at Pathological Gambling, DSM IV Diagnoses, PG Behaviors, Warning Signs of PG, Consequences of PG, Mathematical Expectation & Probability Theory, Treatment Approach and Theory, Gambling Reason Substituting behaviors, The Four Elements, Federal Law, State Law, Ethics & Responsibilities, Starting Recovery, Contracts, The Coaching Session, Enabling, The Twelve-Step Model, Diagrams: Blocked Spirit, Disease Model, Basic Instincts, Family Expectations, Twelve-Step simplified, Body Language, Tones & Inflections, Models of Treatment, Models of Addiction, The Doctors Found, Older Gamblers Risk, coaching Activities, Pre-Qualify, Marketing 101,Scenerios, Resources. This course is jam packed with information that will help you to be an excellent Recovery Coach. After you complete the course and pass your exam, you will receive your certificate within about three weeks. Call (786)-709-0479 for more information and to reserve your place.

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