Addiction Overview

Gambling refers to the act of betting something of worth on an unpredictable event with the intention of winning that something else of equal value. For example, if someone were to bet on a horse race and he came away with one point, that would be considered gambling. However, if he had lost all of his money on that same horse race, it would also be classified as gambling.


Gambling has been illegal in the United States since the Gambling Control Act of 1976. Gambling may be involved in a number of different ways. In a lotteries, individuals wager their own money and the same goes for lotteries set up for charity, raffles, etc. Many states have taken steps to legalize gambling by adding it to the books of various laws. Gambling can be legalized through a constitutional amendment, a local initiative or as a campaign issue. Gambling can take place at any venue where gambling is legal, including state buildings, real estate casinos, etc.

Gambling addiction is when a person keeps placing bets that they can’t afford to lose. Gambling addiction can cause gamblers to engage in dangerous behavior such as crime, purchasing drugs and drinking, all of which are highly addictive and can cause serious damage to the addict’s health. Gamblers can fall into a rut very easily, and this is where some of the dangers of gambling come from. It is important to seek treatment for any addiction, including gambling addiction.