Many of us have gambled before, but some of us can control it, whereas there are some who cannot control it. Therefore, it becomes an addiction. Addiction to gambling is very, very, extremely difficult to cure. Many people, when they get hooked, cannot quit the addiction. Many of these gamblers carry on the gambling lifestyle even until their death! This means that in their life, most of the time is all about gambling. Even most of their hard earned money goes to gambling.
If not all, but most of you, I believe, has met or knows some people with gambling problems/habits. Many of us have gambled before, but some of us can control it, whereas there are some who cannot control it. Therefore, it becomes an addiction. Addiction to gambling is very, very, extremely difficult to cure. Many people, when they get hooked, cannot quit the addiction. Many of these gamblers carry on the gambling lifestyle even until their death! This means that in their life, most of the time is all about gambling. Even most of their hard earned money goes to gambling. Would you want your hard earned money to be used for gambling and keep on living with the false hope that you may become rich someday? Life is meaningless, isn’t it?
Why gamble in the first place? For common reasons, many people believe or think they should try their luck or that they have the luck to win money. In other words, they’re thinking of generating income. 100% for sure, if gambling was easy, then nobody would want to work.Why would so many people struggle to work so hard for a living if gambling was so easy?! The whole world would no longer be balanced then. For most hardcore gamblers, they want to recover what they have lost. Therefore, they keep on trying and trying. One of the biggest faults in gambling is that people tend to forget how much they can afford to lose in the first place; not how much they can win in the first place. So when they start to gamble big and they lose big, it causes mental and emotional distress. They want to recover their losses and therefore gamble again. So many gamblers end up borrowing money and go on living in sorrow. They end up with huge debts. Most gamblers struggle financially. They get angry easily as they get very stressed – they cannot believe that their predictions were wrong, or that they had no luck. Many gamblers end up struggling with mental illness. Do you personally know anyone who has become really rich by gambling? Or do you just hear about it from others? If so, out of the many stories you have heard or known, or may hear in the future, how many do you think incur such heavy losses instead winning?
Relationships get very badly affected, especially within the family. Spouses and children suffer the burden and consequences of gambling addiction. In many cases, spouses and children become victims of these gamblers. Many families suffer financial difficulties due to one person’s gambling addiction. These gamblers can cause the family to be in financial debt. They may prioritise gambling over their family. Many compulsive gamblers have brought much suffering to their families. They may even lie, cheat, steal, and even force their wife or children to give them money. In some cases, they even use up the savings of everyone in the family! Many gamblers also turn to a life of crime. Their families may even turn to crime because of them. Despite all this, these gamblers still take the risk. They may have thought of it as business, but they end up risking their own family’s happiness and needs. When gambling becomes an addiction, the person is unable to think properly. There are several cases whereby even wives and daughters prostitute themselves to ease their financial burdens.
It is always easy for us to give advice, counsel, and give solutions to these gamblers. But no matter how much effort is put into it, the thought of gambling haunts them 24/7, even in their sleep! Most of the time, if they do not gamble, they will be thinking, What if my prediction was right? What if I had the luck this time? They keep thinking that they will be able to win their next bet. The temptation to gamble is strong enough to be described as the “Devil whispering” in them.
It’s difficult to find a cure for an addiction to gambling. Even if you gather all the best doctors and psychologists to help them, they still may be unable to quit.
So how can we help these gamblers? One of my suggestions is to put them into prison for rehabilitation or get religious help. Maybe some might agree and some do not. If they are in prison, there is no money for them to gamble. Getting religious help could probably help them in some way. Could this help families in the long run?
Do you know anyone who is addicted to gambling? Do you even have any suggestions for them? What can you do to help these people? Do you think their children’s future will be affected by gambling addiction?
Do think of ways and solutions. Thanks for reading.
Writer: Muhd Razif Bin Roslan