Betpack is a website dedicated to the business and entertainment value of sports. As such, we realise that there are often challenges when it comes to sports betting, and it is easy to get too involved with the activity. This behaviour could often lead to pathological and harmful practices, such as problem gambling.
To help tackle this issue, Betpack has created its responsible gambling page, a place of the website that outlines gambling addiction and talks about the steps you can take to overcome this problem. If you are reading this, you may be a pathological gambler or have a loved one who suffers from a gambling addiction.
Betpack’s materials are only meant as a form of entertainment and not for achieving any sort of financial stability. We have created a quick guide to help you analyse your own behaviour in several easy steps, which will hopefully help you diagnose or rule out a problem.
How to Know If You Are Addicted
Thanks to all the knowledge we have about gambling addiction today, we are able to not only advise responsible gambling but also help you spot when your gambling behaviour is getting the better of you. Here is a quick questionnaire to analyse your behaviour and give you a good idea of whether you should seek self-help, peer group support, or specialist treatment instead.
- Do you lie to people so that you can continue gambling?
- Have you missed work/school or other obligations because of gambling in the past month?
- Do you find yourself preoccupied with thoughts about gambling at odd hours?
- Have you gone into debt so that you can support your gambling habit?
- Do you find yourself at odds with loved ones, family members, and friends because of your gambling habits?
- Do you have a compulsive need to keep gambling even though it is not safe or reasonable to do so?
- Have you been gambling for hours on end for weeks now?
- Can you afford to gamble the amounts that you are currently gambling with?
If the answer to at least four of these questions is “yes,” then you are exhibiting symptoms of problem gambling. Betpack advises taking these symptoms seriously, as they may deepen and become the conduit of pathological gambling.
Even two to three “yes” answers here could mean that you should seek professional help. Thankfully, Betpack knows that gambling addiction is a serious condition that needs to be addressed properly.
How to Treat Gambling Addiction
Treating gambling addiction should be taken seriously, and as part of our commitment to responsible gambling, Betpack is happy to put forward several approaches to gambling addiction that can help a struggling addict or even help you address pathological gambling issues.
The first thing about gambling addiction is that people always feel alone, but they aren’t. Help is always available, and there are several ways to overcome your gambling problem.
The first is the simplest way. If you can tell you are beginning to develop a problem, excluding yourself from gambling sites or restricting yourself to a specific monthly limit can be beneficial.
Finding support in peer groups such as GamblersAnonymous or reaching out to the National Council on Gambling or a similar organisation where you live is the right approach to addressing your problem. These organisations are well-equipped to address any issues.
If you think your problem is already habitual or pathological, it may be time to seek specialists who are highly-qualified to address the condition. You will be able to choose from many treatment centres and often do so for free.
Why Is Responsible Gambling Important?
Betpack believes in upholding and advising responsible gambling practices. Maintaining integrity is important, and so is ensuring that everyone who participates in betting or gambling contests does that for the pure entertainment value of the activity as opposed to pursuing a hobby that can quickly become ruinous.
Responsible gambling is a guarantor that everyone is enjoying betting as a way to pass the time instead of mistakenly interpreting the ability to bet on sports contests as a way to financial independence. There is no way to achieve financial independence by betting, and Betpack stands by this statement.
If you do find yourself in a situation where you are preoccupied with betting thoughts or spend too much time or money on the activity, you may want to consider several approaches to limiting your gambling habits a little at first:
- Choose to set a monthly deposit limit or restrict your sessions
- Set a “loss limit” which won’t let you bet after you have lost a certain amount
- Restrict yourself from accessing sports betting websites altogether
- Get in touch with a specialist who can help you moderate your gambling habits
- Keep track of how much you spend and stick within your budget for the month
Naturally, these solutions are not a golden ticket out of problem gambling. If anything, your behaviour should be moderated. People with addictive tendencies must always do their best to approach the subject of gambling responsibly. If you find yourself too drawn to gambling, Betpack recommends that you seek professional help and start addressing the problem right away.
What Resources Can You Use?
There are numerous resources available online. Betpack has mentioned most of them, but they generally include special treatment centres and support groups. There is no stigma attached to admitting you have a gambling problem. What is more, most of this treatment comes for free as it’s sponsored by the government.
Betpack believes that you can get better if you are having a problem and that responsible gambling is the way that you can have the most fun out of sports betting or a gambling contest. Don’t hesitate to enjoy the things you do, but remember that moderation is important.
One popular organisation dedicated to problem gambling puts it: “When the fun stops, stop.” We welcome this decision.