Ludomania, more commonly known as, compulsive or problem gambling is an addictive behavior, in which an individual is preoccupied with gambling and continues to engage in this behavior, despite a desire to stop and/or adverse, negative consequences.  As with other forms of addiction, the gambler develops tolerance and requires more of the gambling behavior to experience the same type of rush.  The individual commonly experiences a loss of control and frequently lies and/or engages in illegal activity to continue his/her habit.  In addition to severe financial consequences, social, occupational, and psychological functioning are significantly compromised. 

Compulsive gambling is considered an impulse control disorder, therefore the American Psychological Association does not recognize it as an addiction.  However, as described above, it shares many common characteristics evidenced in other addictions and responds positively to 12-step programs, popular with substance abuse disorders and eating disorders.
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