When it comes to starting in sports betting, it is very important to do so under the premise that the game should not be more than an entertainment to have fun and hang out. Crossing the limit of the hobby leads to the always latent risk of addiction and the disastrous consequences that this implies, whether at a personal, family and work level. When a person feels the uncontrollable need to play compulsively, he suffers from the disorder called ‘gambling’, defined as “pathological addiction to electronic games or chance.”
Although there are organizations dedicated especially to combat this problem, unfortunately, cases of addiction to gambling and sports betting have grown in recent times in many parts of the world. The majority of the bookmakers devote full space to what is known as ‘Responsible Gaming’, with the intention of generating awareness about their users and potential customers. Of course, this is not enough to prevent some bettors from losing their hands, even losing money in sports and activities they do not even know about.
There are many young people who believe that they find sports betting a method to obtain regular earnings. The idea that knowledge of football or another sport is enough to win is a frequent mistake and even more, since it ends up being a double-edged sword. Motivation is also found in the excitement and adrenaline that originate live betting through its constant dynamics. The truth is that the effect of negative results is not the same in all individuals and some of them lose control until they reach behaviors with a high degree of self-destruction.
In these cases, the possibility of betting online is 100% counterproductive, since online bets allow you to play 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, from the comfort of your home and from anywhere. There are those who step aside before the first setbacks of chance, but also those who become obsessed and increase the need to be playing. But, of course, sometimes the money ends and there the problem is double, because they do whatever it takes to get it, get into debt, come into conflict with their loved ones and try to hide everything that happens to them.
What signs are there
While it is not an exact science, certain circumstances and characteristics of the personality can increase the likelihood of addiction. In that sense, impulsive people, lovers of “strong feelings” and low self-esteem are eventually more prone than others. They also influence environments related to childhood play, stressful and traumatic family histories, and even the death of a close relative. The question is that, in the most serious cases, a gambler can run out of family, without a home, without money and, what is worse, without knowing that he is sick.
Beyond that the sequels can be reflected in the physical, specialists say it is a psychological disease, which is engendered and has a substantial impact on the emotional. Detecting the existence of this problem is not entirely difficult if we really pay attention and if we have a more or less assiduous relationship with the one involved. Irritability, withdrawal and depression are three signs that commonly appear in a gambling addict. It is key that in your closest environment be attentive to the occasional lack of money and valuables in the house.
How to act
An addict does not have clear limits and, in matters of gambling and betting, always believes that he will recover the losses. That is why the first thing to do is request professional help. Naturally, the support and collaboration of family members, loved ones in general and related people will be essential, but the assistance of a specialized professional is decisive if you intend to act seriously and is the first unavoidable step to accept the presence of the disease and face the corresponding treatment.