We all love to play. When starting a game, everyone wants to get certain emotions: excitement, the anticipation of victory, happiness, when victory is achieved, and pleasant memories. But for some people such emotions transform into illness. Gambling addiction, otherwise "gambling" (Gamblers, gambling) is called the "hidden disease" because it has no obvious symptoms. Besides, gamers carefully hide their symptoms. Recently the trading on the stock and currency markets has also been reckoned as gambling due to the expansion of this trade in the Internet.

Gambling has become widespread since the end of the last century and in the early twenty-first century. According to U.S. statistics, more than 50 million Americans are regular customers of the casino, 15 million of them are pathological compulsive gamblers. Gambling treatment in America costs 200 thousand dollars. The heyday of gaming machines in Russia and Ukraine came in the 90s and reached its climax in 2002, when the procedure for obtaining a license to open arcades was simplified. Gambling has become almost epidemic. Psychologists, psychiatrists, lawyers, law enforcement bodies are trying to solve the problem at all levels. Gambling is equivalent to alcohol and drug addiction with only difference - that if for substance abuse there is treatment, for gambling things are much more complicated. Gamers actually don’t have any health problems at the physical level. In real life a gamer is an ordinary person, but this person does not see life outside the game. People put everything at stake: property, business, life and even lives of their loved ones. A gamer is a person that does not live in the real world, the world does not exist outside the game.

As any other illness gambling has its own stages of development:


  • The stage of wins develops with a particular scenario: games do not have a permanent character – then you start winning - games get regular character – the cash rates increase - thoughts are constantly concentrating on games - groundless optimism
  • The stage of losses: there are more defeats than wins – idiopathic boasting with no wins – gaming alone, constant thoughts about the game - lies – neglecting of work - the refusal to pay debts - constant annoyance - aggravation of the situation – searchin for money to gamble, including illegal ways - the inability to pay debts, arrests - attempts to stop playing.
  • The stage of hopelessness: a complete change of outlook - the loss of professional and personal reputation - constant increase of rates - loneliness - remorse, panic - suicidal thoughts and attempts - addiction to alcohol - penalties for offenses - a dead end.