After several attempts, local authorities in Adak village, Owoo Sub County in Gulu district have admitted failing to kick out gambling addiction in the village.
According to the area local council1 chairperson Richard Opira, gambling “playing cards” for money start as early as 7am in the morning until midnight.
Opira says he “unsuccessfully” tried to kick out the vice from the village and he has since given up.
For someone with a gambling addiction, the feeling of gambling is equivalent to taking a drug or having a drink, according to experts
This type of compulsive behavior is often called “problem gambling.”
People who live with this addiction may experience depression, migraine, distress, intestinal disorders, and other anxiety-related problems.
As with other addictions, the consequences of gambling can lead to feelings of despondency and helplessness. In some cases, this can lead to attempts at suicide.
Some of the signs and symptoms of problem gambling include, need to gamble with increasing amounts of money to feel excitement, restlessness or irritability when trying to stop gambling, repeated unsuccessful attempts to stop, control, or reduce gambling and thinking often about gambling and making plans to gamble.
Treatment includes behavior therapy that helps an individual reduce the urge to gamble and self-help groups that include speaking with others in a similar situation.