One of the myths of gambling disorder is that someone that gambles frequently is “addicted” to gambling. The fact is that the gambling itself is not an indication of an addiction. It is only when gambling is causing problems in the gambler’s life that an addiction may be indicated.

Gambling addiction is an impulse-control disorder. Those who are addicted can’t keep themselves from gambling even when it is causing pain to themselves or those around them.

Some of the behaviors indicative of a gambling disorder include: