What Is An Addiction?
Alcohol
Drugs
Gambling
Abuse
Violence







Test for Problem Gambling

Q1 Have you ever attempted to go back and gamble the next day, wishing to win the money you had ever lost the previous day?
Q2 Have you ever told people that you won money when as a matter of lost?
Q3 Have you ever felt that fact you have gambling problem yourself?
Q4 Have you ever gambled excessive amount of money and time over your budget?
Q5 Are there anyone who has criticized you for your gambling behaviour?
Q6 Have you ever felt guilty about gambling and its consequences?
Q7 Have you ever tried to quit gambling but unable to?
Q8 Have you ever tried to hide your gambling behaviour to your family members?
Q9 Have you ever had conflicts with your family or roommates due to gambling?
Q10 Have you ever been unable to pay back your debt due to gambling?
Q11 Have you ever been absent from work due to gambling?
Q12 Have you ever tried following in order to pay debt?
family expenses?
Spouse?
Borrowing money from Banks and financial institutions?
Overdraft from Chequeing account?
Loan-shark?
Transfer funds out?
Sell properties?
Writing bounce cheques?


Scoring

Give yourself 1 point for every yes

Now, please add up the scores. If you have ď0Ē, congratulations, you do not have gambling problems. If you have 1 to 4 points, that means you have signs of gambling problem. ď5Ē or over means you have lost control.

Chinese Family Services of Ontario offers counselling services for problem gamblers and their families.

Whether you or your family has a gambling problem, we have designed a counselling therapy session for you and/your family. This is your first step in making a change.

Basic Requirement

** Patience**
During counseling sessions many of our clients are bound with worries. We wish that you are patient, and willing to work out the problem that you have discussed with our social worker during the session. Hopefully, share with us your experience in your next session.

Nothing is impossible. If you are willing to face your own problems, there is no problem in the world that you canít solve.

If you need to change your lifestyle and behaviours, these take a lot of bravery and perseverance. However, you will feel worth it when you rebuild the relationship between you and your family again.

Remember! There will be a lot to gain when you are willing to take the first step!

Problem Gambling and Compulsive Gambling

Problem gambling is when a personís gambling behaviour affects his/her financial condition; family relationship, work performance, and mental physical health. If they are not treated early, this will become worse and worse until then he/she becomes compulsive gambling.

Many people believe that compulsive gambling is due to the personís greed and weakness. But many studies show that it is something that one can not control, like people with depression & anxiety.

Nonetheless, many people do not know that compulsive gambling can be helped through counseling. The most important of all is when there is sign gambling problem, you must take it sinuously and try to get help. You can speak with a person you trust, or a professional social worker. Donít think that when you stop gambling, your problem is then solved. When you do not know the root of your problem, you may start to gamble again. The most important thing to do is to find out the course of your problem, to make changes. Your long term planning is the best solution.


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