Profit phase: The person still plays very little. It is not uncommon to win a prize. They begin to place a high value on winning and minimize losses. This increases their optimism and selfesteem. This phase can last from several months to several years.
Losing phase: Given the optimism that characterizes the gambler in the previous winning phase, in order to obtain larger prizes, he/she risks more and more, gradually increasing the frequency and amount of money invested in gambling, which in turn increases the losses.
Once the person has become a habitual gambler, the most important factor in becoming a pathological gambler is easy access to loans. When debts have exploded and the possibilities of getting the money he/she needs are reduced, the gambler sees gambling as the only option to get money to pay off these debts. They no longer gamble to earn money but to win back what they have lost.
The consequences are loans, wages spent on gambling, petty theft or scams, damaged family and work relationships. It is in this situation that the gambler is forced to discover or admit his problem to his family, friends, bank… and decides, or even promises, to stop gambling. This only lasts for a while, because as soon as they have money, they start gambling again.
Desperation phase: Gambling reaches a high intensity, the only way to live is to gamble. The person abandons family, friends and work. They enter a negative cycle in which they take more risks and get involved in more financial and legal problems (bad cheques, etc.). There is also a deterioration in self-care (sleep problems, etc.). All of this leads to a state of panic in the gambler due to huge debts, the desire to pay back the money quickly, alienation from family, resulting in break-ups, divorces and loss of friendships, negative reputation, etc.
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