Low-risk gamblers know that over time, nearly everyone loses.
The recreational benefits of gambling can be found in the excitement of taking chances, the thrill of the occasional win, and the fun of being with friends. RARELY IS THERE A BENEFIT OF FINANCIAL GAIN.
Regardless of age, gender, race, or social status, gambling can become a problem for anyone.
If you choose to gamble, know the risks. The decision to gamble is a personal choice. Here are some Low Risk Gambling Choices...
Setting how long to gamble before starting
Setting acceptable losses before starting to gamble
Believing gambling is not essential for having a good time
Not borrowing money to gamble
Not using alcohol/other drugs when gambling
Knowing there are times not to gamble - When trying to make up for a loss or a series of losses - When betting more than a set limit - When gambling interferes with my work, school, or family responsibilities
Knowing there are certain reasons for gambling that put the gambler at risk for problems - While dealing with loneliness, anger, depression, or while under stress - When trying to impress others - When trying solve personal problems
Is gambling affecting your life?
If someone’s gambling problem has affected you, it is important for you to take care of yourself. Even if the person who has the problem is not yet ready or willing to get help, it may still be beneficial for you to talk to someone. You are not alone. There is help, there is hope, and there is a way to get your life back on track.
For family members or significant others who have been affected by someone’s gambling problem, please call Zepf Center at 419-841-7701 ext. 6111. All services regarding problem gambling are free and confidential for family or significant others. Individual or family counseling is available.
Lied about how much time or money has been spent gambling?Borrowed or sold things to get money for gambling?Skipped work, school or family events to gamble?Gambled due to depression, being bored, or stressed?Gambled more to get the same excited feeling?Argued with family about money and gambling?Hid bills, winnings, or losses from family?“Chased” the losses?Been preoccupied with gambling?
To talk to someone about your gambling choices...
All services regarding gambling are free and confidential.
Call the Zepf Center at 419-841-7701 x6058 Email Us at Marilyn@zepfcenter.org