Gambling Self-Assessment

| March 8, 2013

This test is a screening instrument only – from the Gamblers Anonymous “20 Questions.” It does not yield a diagnosis. Only a qualified professional should make a proper diagnosis.

1. Did you ever lose time from work or school due to gambling?YES / NO

2. Has gambling ever made your home life unhappy?

YES / NO

3. Did gambling affect your reputation?

YES / NO

4. Have you ever felt remorse after gambling?

YES / NO

5. Did you ever gamble to get money with which to pay debts or otherwise solve financial difficulties?

YES / NO

6. Did gambling cause a decrease in your ambition or efficiency?

YES / NO

7. After losing did you feel you must return as soon as possible and win back your losses?

YES / NO

8. After a win did you have a strong urge to return and win more?

YES / NO

9. Did you often gamble until your last dollar was gone?

YES / NO

10. Did you ever borrow to finance your gambling?

YES / NO

11. Have you ever sold anything to finance gambling?

YES / NO

12. Were you reluctant to use “gambling money” for normal expenditures?

YES / NO

13. Did gambling make you careless of the welfare of yourself or your family?

YES / NO

14. Did you ever gamble longer than you had planned?

YES / NO

15. Have you ever gambled to escape worry, trouble, boredom or loneliness

YES / NO

16. Have you ever committed, or considered committing, an illegal act to finance gambling?

 Yes
 No

17. Did gambling cause you to have difficulty in sleeping?

YES / NO

18. Do arguments, disappointments or frustrations create within you an urge to gamble?

YES / NO

19. Did you ever have an urge to celebrate any good fortune by a few hours of gambling?

YES / NO

20. Have you ever considered self destruction or suicide as a result of your gambling?

YES / NO

Most problem gamblers will answer “yes” to seven or more of the above questions.

NOTE: If you suspect that you have a gambling problem, you should seek help for that problem regardless of how you score on this screening test.

In Oregon, help is available for problem gamblers AND their loved ones.  In Lane County, gambling treatment services are available through the emergence Gambling Treatment Program and Centro Latino Americano (541-687-2667 / full Spanish bilingual) programs. Or call the statewide 24-hour helpline, 1877-MY-LIMIT for free and confidential
help.

Scores on this test are not meant as a diagnosis tool! Always consult with a trained mental health professional if you are experiencing feelings, thoughts or difficulties that cause you or people you love to be concerned. Seek immediate treatment from a licensed mental health professional or physician within your community if you are having thoughts about killing yourself or someone else!

Category: Problem Gambling

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