Gambling Disorder

Gambling Disorder is the first Behavioral Addiction to be fully recognized as an addiction.  Previously known as Pathological Gambling categorized as an Impulse Control Disorder, the problem was renamed in 2013 to Gambling Disorder and moved to the Non-Substance Addictions section of the DSM-5 (diagnostic codebook for psychiatric disorders).    

Although only recently recognized as an "addiction", people have long known that some individuals can become cripplingly enmeshed with the act of gambling.  There are residential and outpatient programs peppered throughout the country (and world) dedicated to helping people with this problem.  Additionally, there is a thriving 12-Step program dedicated to helping people overcome their problems with Gambling: Gamblers Anonymous - The closest meeting is in Bogart on Monday nights.