When Is Gambling Becoming An Addiction?

I’m editing this post to properly give credit where credit is due 🙂

I just read a post by Renée Schuls-Jacobson from her blog Lessons From Teachers and Twits about gambling and it had me thinking about what I’d call ‘irresponsibilities’.

Gambling is something I don’t believe in. But my husband likes the ‘odd’ scratch tickets here and there, along with the weekly Friday’s lottery draws (or is it Saturday? I don’t know I don’t play and don’t keep track).

In 2008, I attended a bowling tournament in Halifax NS. I wasn’t sure what hubby was going to do that day but I assumed he would take a trip to the casino. When he came to pick me up later that day, he was all smiles. It was an evening I’ll never forget, though it’s not one I want to repeat.

I had a really good day and was excited to tell him about it. As we drove home, I told him I’d met a lot of people, ya-di-ya-di-ya-da! While I’m blabbing away, he’s all smiles and I thought he was just happy to hear about my day. He knew how much that meant to me. But he had his own reasons to smile. And I suddenly clued in.

I finally stopped talking and asked him what he did. His smile grew. It was ear to ear at first but at that point I think it went all the way around his head and connected at the back. Mine, however dropped.

Me –     Oh no, you went to the casino.
Hubby – Yep!
Me –     Oh! Oh! Did you win? (with a smile like that, he couldn’t have lost)
Hubby – Yep!
Me –     How much? I frowned, afraid to ask.
Hubby – I don’t know. I haven’t counted it yet.

My eyes dropped from his face to the pockets of his jeans and I gasped. His pockets were bulging. When we arrived home, he counted his winnings. He was short a few dollars from winning $8000.

His ‘spendings?’ He spent $40, won $170. He put the initial $40 back in his wallet and kept winning from there on. I call this ‘the luck of the draw’ which he never repeated. The part that bothered me most (yes it bothers me that he won) is that I was afraid he’d think he’d win again. Now that Moncton has opened its own casino, he has spent a few bucks, and lost. Thank God, that was enough for him to say alright, “I had my fun but now it’s over.” (thank God for that)!!!!!

The most ironic thing about gambling that I’ve ever seen is that the 1-800 number for people with a gambling addictions is on the actual machines. I’m sorry but I have to say DUH to that one. Shouldn’t it be on the doors before they enter the building? Personally I think gambling should be banned-eliminated-done away with. But that’s only my opinion.

The Bible states clearly that money is the root of all evil. I’d rather be poor financially but rich in love with all those around me, than have all the money in the world but be all alone and miserable. 

When does it become an addiction? If all the bills are paid, does it make it okay? Send me your feebback.

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5 thoughts on “When Is Gambling Becoming An Addiction?

  1. Hi Renee-Ann!

    I have seen the people who sit at the casinos all day and spend every last nickel in the slots. It is, truly, an addiction. I understand that when people win, they get that adrenaline rush and the money reinforces the thrill. All I can say is that just because people enjoy something doesn’t mean it is good for them. Ask any heroine addict. Or food addict. It’s the same thing.

    I’m all for moderation, but I think it is hard to do “moderation” when you get such a rush.

    My husband and I aren’t gamblers. We have a rule that when we go to Vegas (all two times) we bring $20 that we are willing to burn. When it goes, so do we. This time, we showed our son how fast we could burn through $20 in Vegas. Hopefully, it did something to undo the unintentional Gambling Lesson he learned in the post you so kindly gave mention.

    Come visit my bloggie!
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  2. Good morning Renee-Ann

    I’m glad we’re not gamblers. Seeing that what he lost hurt his pride (and some would say his wallet) more than the previous winnings is a blessing in disguise to me.

    I count myself very fortunate because I’ve seen marriages fall apart because one spouse spent rent money (and then some) in Video Lottery Terminals in one sitting. My land, that’s a lot of money!!!!! And it takes so little time to lose it.

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. I do agree with you, Renee-Ann – gambling can become an addiction as much as drugs or alcohol. I personally do not gamble, but I have met people whose lives have been affected by gambling and it is not a pretty site.
    I do want to make a slight ‘correction’ though – you say that the Bible says ‘money is the root of all evil’ – may I gentle correct this to say ‘the love of money is the root of all evil’. Money in itself cannot be evil, especially when it used for the good of others. Just a minor thing, but I am kind of puzzled when people tend to quote the Bible for whatever… no offense – I love the Bible too :o)

    • No offense taken. Thank you for the correction. I really dont mind. You are so right, it is the love of it, and not the money itself. Wow, i did quote that wrong. Thank you for pointing that out.
      I too, know people who have destroyed their lives and marriage because of a gambling addiction. And that is sad to see.
      Blessings to you and yours. And enjoy the snow day 🙂

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