A Look at the Gambling Obsession Among Teenagers

Gambling fascinates both the young and old and when they become addicted the repercussions are threatening, especially to youths because if the addiction is not thwarted in early stages, it will be more difficult to get rid of the addiction. Gambling addiction for teenagers can be brought about by many different factors.

As more and more avenues are propagating the idea of gambling as an in demand commodity by creating false images of the grandeur of gambling centers like casinos and poker joints, the youth and teenagers are drawn to gambling and not long after, they become obsessed to the game and the repercussions become out of control. Peer pressure is another factor that could lead these teenagers into addictive gambling behavior starting with ordinary games such as bets on video games and poker games with their friends or schoolmates. As more and more forms of gambling are introduced, teenage gambling continues to proliferate.

The hype and sensationalization of gambling games like poker by celebrities is also another factor why the teenage youth is fascinated in the game. It gives them the false message that the way to instant cash and tons of money is through gambling. The idea of hard work as the road to success and prosperity is slipping out and is replaced by the promise of a wealthy life achieved by gambling as is wrongly perceived by them. Gambling becomes a substitute to the path they are taught at school. In addition, the psychological make up of teens make them more prone to gambling addiction abruptly and almost instantaneously as they are continuously exposed to it and once the addiction started early, the obsession becomes ingrained and it becomes harder to break the habit when they grow older.

For a teenage gambling addict, the symptoms of gambling addiction could range from unexplained absences at school, poor grades, worsening academic standing, social isolation, mood swings, poor sleeping habits and hygiene, money problems, gambling preoccupations, drug and alcohol usage, and even getting involved with illegal behavior.

Whenever parents notice these signs, parents need to make the necessary actions to help their problematic teens. Some things that parents can do is to send their teenager to a therapist or a counselor, ensuring that their teenager has no access to credit cards or cash, intervening with their teen's gambling problem once the suspicion sets in, or letting them join a support group for recovering teenage gambling addicts.