Why Is Gambling an Addiction?
Alcohol, drugs and tobacco are the three most widely-recognized addictions, according to the New Brunswick Addiction and Mental Health Services Web site. However, gambling is also an addiction that can harm you and your family.Types of AddictionAccording to the New Brunswick Addiction and Mental Health Services Web site, there are two recognized types of addiction — chemical and behavioral. Drug, alcohol and tobacco addictions are all chemical addictions; gambling, also known as compulsive gambling, is considered a behavioral addiction.Addictive BehaviorAccording to www.helpguide.org, gambling is considered an addiction because the gambler cannot stop by himself without outside intervention. Compulsive gamblers cannot stop gambling even when they know they cannot win and the gambling is destroying their family and their lives.Gambling Addiction in the United StatesAccording to an article published in the August 2003 issue of Addictive Behaviors by Nancy M. Petry, an estimated 1.6% of