Gambling is an activity that involves betting on events whose outcome depends primarily on chance rather than skill. It can take many forms, including casino games, sports betting, lottery games and online gambling. Some people may have trouble controlling their gambling behavior, and in some cases this can lead to serious problems, such as debt, homelessness, loss of job or family, and even suicide.

The primary purpose of gambling is to get a reward, but it can also be a way to escape boredom or stress. When gambling is a problem, the rewards cease to be meaningful, and the harms begin to outweigh the pleasure gained from the habit.

There are a variety of ways to address a gambling problem, including therapy, support groups and self-help. It is important to find a therapist who can understand and relate to your issue. Psychodynamic therapy aims to increase your self-awareness, and help you understand the unconscious processes that influence your behaviour.

A therapist can provide support and guidance to manage your gambling behaviour, and work with you to develop healthy coping strategies. If you need help to overcome a gambling addiction, BetterHelp can connect you with a therapist who is licensed and accredited, and experienced working with gamblers. It’s easy to get started – just take the assessment and get matched with a therapist in as little as 48 hours.