broadcast journalist of GMA News, mr. cesar apolinario, asked me for sound bites on the topic of gambling addiction.
gambling addiction, like all addictions, is characterized by:
(1) a preoccupation over the addictive substance (in this case, an addictive behavior),
(2) a progressive escalation of the addictive behavior (meaning, the compulsive behavior worsens over time),
(3) persistence despite the negative consequences, and
(4) an inability to control one's self from engaging in the addictive behavior.
the "high"of gambling comes from the suspense of what the cards or dice will reveal, and the thrill of chasing losses.
many lives have been destroyed by gambling addiction. clearly, the compulsive gambler needs to undergo a rehabilitation program.