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The Rise of Mobile Gambling

Clinically Reviewed by: Dr. Robin Campbell, LMFT, PHD

The Rise of Mobile Gambling

The rise of mobile gambling has undeniably transformed the industry. Casino games and sports betting are now at your fingertips, offering a convenient and exciting way to play. However, for those struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues, this ease of access can be a double-edged sword. Here at New Hope, we want to shed light on the potential risks and offer support to those who may need it. 

Accessibility Breeds Compulsion

Unlike traditional casinos, mobile gambling removes geographical and time constraints. You can gamble anytime, anywhere, with a few clicks. This constant accessibility can blur the lines between casual enjoyment and problematic behavior. What starts as a fun way to unwind can morph into chasing losses or neglecting responsibilities due to compulsive nature mobile apps can foster. 

Mobile Gambling Speed Equals Risk

Mobile gambling thrives on a fast-paced environment. Slots spin quicker, bets are placed with a tap, and there’s minimal time for reflection between wagers. This rapid gameplay can lead to impulse decisions and riskier bets. The thrill of winning is amplified in this sped-up atmosphere, potentially leading to significant financial losses. 

Isolation Amplifies Mental Health Issues

The solitary nature of mobile gambling can exacerbate feelings of isolation, a common symptom of depression and anxiety. Gambling might initially feel like a way to escape or cope, but it doesn’t address the underlying issues. In fact, it can worsen mental health by creating a cycle of chasing wins for a temporary mood boost, followed by disappointment and isolation when losses accumulate. 

Mobile Gambling and Substance Abuse

People struggling with substance abuse are more susceptible to developing gambling problems. The thrill-seeking aspect and the potential for escape that gambling offers can be particularly appealing to those using substances to cope with emotional difficulties. Both gambling and substance abuse can worsen each other, creating a dangerous cycle. 

Recognizing the Warning Signs

If you find yourself gambling more than you planned, it’s important to consider these warning signs that it could become an issue. 

 

  • Secrecy and Deception: Hiding your phone use or gambling habits from loved ones, lying about how much money you spend, or feeling the need to sneak around and gabmle.
  • Increased Spending and Financial Strain: Gambling more than you can afford, neglecting bills or financial obligations, or resorting to borrowing money to support your gambling habit.

  • Chasing Losses: Feeling compelled to gamble again right away to win back what you lost, leading to a cycle of chasing losses and potentially deeper financial problems.

  • Neglecting Responsibilities: Prioritizing gambling over work, school, family, or social activities. Important tasks are neglected or left unfinished due to the allure of mobile gambling.

  • Emotional Reliance: Using gambling as a coping mechanism for stress, anxiety, or depression. Gambling becomes a way to escape difficult emotions, but ultimately provides only temporary relief.

Here at New Hope, we understand the challenges you face. We offer a variety of treatment options tailored to help you regain control of your life.

 

Help is Available, Don't Hesitate

  •  If you or someone you care about is struggling with gambling or substance abuse, don’t hesitate to seek help. Contact New Hope Healthcare Institute at 866-806-1027 to learn more about our comprehensive treatment programs and supportive resources.

FAQs

Refer to the warning signs listed in the blog. If you find yourself exhibiting several of them, particularly secrecy surrounding your gambling habits, chasing losses, or neglecting responsibilities, it might be a sign you’re developing a problem.

Open communication is key. Express your concern in a loving and non-judgmental way. Our blog highlights the potential risks associated with mobile gambling, which you can share as a resource. Encourage them to reach out for help if they feel they might be struggling.

Set clear limits on how much you’re willing to spend and stick to them. Only gamble with money you can afford to lose. Consider using parental control apps to block gambling apps or set time limits on your phone. If you find it difficult to control your gambling urges, don’t hesitate to seek professional help.

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