As a public service, we at Sactown Royalty would like to address an important issue we've observed in the Kings community. Gambling addiction, also known as compulsive gambling, is a very serious issue. It can ruin the lives of not only those afflicted, but the lives of those who know and depend on the addict.
We're going to detail a few signs that might indicate if you have a problem.
Do you find yourself sacrificing things that were once important to you in order to finance your addiction?
For example, do you find yourself selling family assets, like a beer distributorship, because you know your luck will turn around if you can keep playing just a little longer?
Do you keep gambling even when you can't afford to lose?
For example, do you try to roll the dice even when you have extensive debts? When a new debt requires going even further into the whole, do you find yourself drawn to rolling the dice yet again?
Do you find yourself continuing to gamble even after you've won, because you feel the winning isn't big enough yet?
For example, when you win the prize you've been wanting for 8 years, do you then decide that the prize isn't good enough?
Are you in denial?
It can manifest itself in many ways, such as not being able to recognize bad bets, not being able to acknowledge multiple previous failures, or not being able to understand why everyone around you is faulting you for your decisions.
Do you find yourself hiding your gambling from those around you?
Do you refuse to acknowledge the bets you are placing? You might find yourself leaving your local community to find new bets to place, so those around you won't discover your gambling problem?
If any of these statements ring true, you may be a gambling addict. You're likely chasing a dream, or an image of yourself. You might remember how great things were, say, 10 years ago. You might believe that all it takes is that one right bet, and everything will be back the way it was before. But when your community, co-workers, and peers are all looking at your with disapproval, it is time to listen. Soon your friends will stop supporting your habit. They'll stop making excuses for you.
There are many resources available to help. But those resources require you to take the first step. Admit you have a problem. Admit that you're chasing bad bets. Admit that you're broke. It's not too late.
[Note: Gambling addiction is a very real and very serious issue. It is being used in a satirical nature in this post, but if you think you have a legitimate problem with gambling, please seek out help.]