When people think about the warning signs of addiction, they may not consider the class of Behavioural Addictions that similarily affect our brain. These addictive behaviours include online activity, sex, gaming or gambling. In these cases, the 'substance' is the behaviour (gambling) that becomes the rewarding 'substance' to our brains.
Jenn Gregg, (M.A., C.C.C.) from Groundwork Counselling states "Among the signs of gambling addiction are unexplained finances or debt; emotional volatility; being preoccupied; lying; distorted or irrational thinking that makes someone believe they can control or beat the system; and prioritizing gambling over relationships, career or personal health". Read more about what Jenn has to say here: https://vancouversun.com/sponsored/life-sponsored/hidden-dependence-recognizing-the-signs-of-a-gambling-addiction
Learn more about Behavioural Addictions and the differences/similarities to substance addiction: https://canadiancentreforaddictions.org/substance-behavioural-addiction/
For those of us living in BC:
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Born and raised in Prince George, BC, I am a dedicated helper with a keen interest in gambling and gaming behaviour. I have a Master's of Social Work and also work as a Medical Social Worker with Northern Health.