Problem gambling is a national issue and exists in states even where gambling is not permitted. Whether is friendly wagers, underground sports gambling or betting in casinos, compulsive gamblers will find a way to reach the high they strive to achieve. It is said that people who suffer from mental or emotional disorders such as ADD, ADHD and depression are at a higher risk for compulsive gambling. Also, people who have had a substance abuse issue are also at a higher risk to become a compulsive gambler. Approximately 30% of people being treated for substance abuse also suffer from compulsive gambling.
Compulsive gamblers suffer many of the same consequences as those addicted to drugs and alcohol. People who gamble either pathologically or compulsively are more than likely to steal to support their addiction. Embezzlement, forgery, credit card fraud, tax evasion, and any other fraud are all common gambling related crimes. Like addiction, the person suffering from this addiction will most likely be in denial and family and close friends will usually notice that there is a problem before the gambler admits to having one.