Every Form of Addiction Is Bad
One of the key first steps in determining whether or not you suffer from a lottery addiction is to identify at least 5 symptoms that are typical for your regular behavior. Doing so will help you understand whether you lack control with gambling. Most people who have a problem don’t recognize or openly admit it. Still, taking a hard and critical look at yourself can tell you a lot. Playing the lottery is a lot of fun as long as you’re doing it responsibly and without sacrificing other aspects of your life for it.
Without further ado, here are a few signs that you may indeed be dealing with a lottery addiction.
1. You Just can’t Stop!
No matter what you do, no matter how hard you try, you just can’t seem to stop. You may also find out that gambling is no longer fun of you, regardless of the compulsive need that you experience to keep on going.
Often times, you may find yourself struggling with your limits and bets, as well as with your time and personal relationships. As a result, you are essentially betting on your lottery addiction with your life, wagering your relationships and your stability.
2. No Money, No Problem
Even if you don’t have 5 dollars to your name, you will find a way to get the bare minimum needed to gamble. Your bank account may be in overdraft while rent is coming up. Still, if you manage to find a couple of spare dollars, you’ll definitely spend it on a lottery ticket or gambling of some sort rather than on the essentials. There is no such thing as a no money situation that can stop you. Bills, savings, children’s education and other financial responsibilities are secondary to the urge for lottery ticket buying.
3. You do it because You have to
As mentioned earlier, playing the lottery was probably once a source of fun and a little thrill stemming from good luck. Over time and as your addiction grew, you likely lost sight of the entertaining element.
Making bets or grabbing that ticket at the corner store now had become something that you feel like you have to do to relieve anxiety. Your lottery tickets aren’t about the win, or the money. It has all become about controlling the impulsive urges.
4. Fixing Problems by Buying More Tickets
Your addiction to gambling has probably gotten you in financial troubles more than once.
As the losses kept on accumulating, you probably increased the number of tickets you’re buying in an attempt to recuperate for the gone funds. Using your lottery addiction to ‘make up’ for the amount of money that you lost is a massive symptom that you have a problem.
Dealing with losses by feeding your addiction simply doesn’t make sense. If you have a gambling problem already, however, you fail to realize it. Buying more in an attempt to win seems like the most logical step, but it’s aggravating the situation even further.
5. Never a Limit
You may have tried to set yourself a limit of $10 a week, but find yourself constantly going over that amount in terms of gambling or buying lottery tickets. It’s very easy to excuse your behavior. What’s another ticket, a couple of bucks, right? Well, over time, the tickets that go over the limit will add up to a pretty solid sum.
6. You have to Lie to the People You Love
Chances are that your loved ones have realized that you have a problem long before you’ve acknowledged it. Chances are that they’ve confronted you about it. If you’re forced to lie to keep your behavior concealed, you definitely have a problem.
Have you ever lied to your spouse about the number of lottery tickets you bought, the money you lost or the number of times per week that you’ve done some gambling? Those lies may seem innocent enough at first. If you’re not doing anything wrong, however, you wouldn’t have to lie about it, would you?
7. Stealing and Manipulating Others to Get Your Ticket
This is probably the worst one in the list and a sign that you really have to look for some professional assistance.
Gambling addicts will turn to manipulating others, stealing and committing fraud in order to engage with their favorite activity. Have you lied to your significant other that you need lunch money or funds to cover another essential so that you could buy a lottery ticket? If the answer is positive, you need to stop and take a deep look at yourself right now. This is the behavior of an addict and if you don’t proactively initiate change, you may soon be losing everything that’s important in your life.
Having a lottery addiction is an illness that requires treatment, and throughout the treatment, you will begin to realize and learn how to overcome the addictive behavior and keep it in check. There’s nothing embarrassing about asking for assistance. In fact, it can help you save yourself, the relationship with the person that you love and your life. Don’t hesitate to acknowledge the problem right now – this is actually the most challenging step you’ll have to make.