Gambling Addiction: Are Casino Employees at Risk?
Gambling addiction is becoming one of the most common addictive dependence issues in the world today; especially in countries where gambling laws are not as strict.
While there are many reasons why a person develops a gambling addiction, none are so incontrollable or unmanageable that one is somewhat certain that they will very likely develop this kind of problem just by stepping inside a casino.
It's true that pointing fingers and blaming everything else except one's self is a typical behavioral pattern of someone with a gambling problem. This being the fact, observers also cannot help but wonder what external factors are there to increase a gambler's risk of getting addicted to casinos and casino games.
Have you ever considered that just by being inside a casino for eight hours straight, sometimes even more; is already a factor in getting hooked to gambling? It doesn't matter if you're there to work, what matters is that you are under the influence - if you can call it that - of casinos five times a week, for several hours.
While there are no accurate data on this, the assumptions nonetheless are very strong that working in a casino could pose as a threat to someone who is not mentally, emotionally and psychologically strong enough to resist the temptations we can only find in casinos.
Working in casinos and places where slot machines and other gaming devices are easily accessible makes one accept the gaming environment as something that is commonplace.
If you live and breathe it; if it is your bread and butter, you begin to associate gambling as being just a part of life - something that you regularly do like drinking coffee or taking a shower.
Therefore being a pathological gambler doesn't then strike anyone as having a serious problem. It's just something to do to unwind and hang out with friends. Other people prefer to go on dates during weekends; others prefer to gamble. It's as simple as that.
When someone is constantly surrounded by gamblers, and this person is trained to handle people who might show a little gambling problem, then this person becomes immune to the root causes of gambling problems.
Again, it's just a way of life for most of them and no one should give them a hard time because of it because they deserve to unwind after working straight hours for days. This is a typical thought pattern of someone who is starting to develop a gambling problem.
Defending one's gambling activities is the start of something that could go deeper than you'd expect.