Many people consider loneliness a taboo subject. When they are faced with loneliness, for example, they do not dare to talk about it. Sometimes you can feel lonely in a large group of people. What is loneliness, and what does it have to do with addiction?
Loneliness is a lack of connection with other people. You lack closeness with other people. Social media usually doesn't provide these close connections either You miss a close connection or you have less contact with other people. Having a good conversation and really connecting is difficult on social media.
If you feel lonely you are not the only one, one in three Dutch people feel lonely at some point. 1 in 10 people between the ages of 18 and 43 feel lonely at least once a week.
Feeling lonely has major consequences. For example, loneliness makes you unhappy and has a negative effect on the quality of life. Loneliness gives a feeling of emptiness and dissatisfaction. Because you are not comfortable in your own skin, you may start to meet with fewer people, which may make you feel even more lonely. You find yourself in a downward spiral of loneliness.
Gambling gives you a nice feeling for a short period of time so you don't have to feel the loneliness for a while. The social contact you can make in the casino can also be a nice antidote to loneliness. The nice feeling you get from that can cheer you up a bit. Or you can go to a casino, where there are always other people you can talk to.
Maybe you are ashamed of your loneliness, or you are ashamed of your addiction. You feel bad and don't talk to anyone about it. If you're ashamed of your addiction and/or loneliness and don't talk about it, you can end up in a downward spiral of more loneliness and addiction. Talk about it with people around you. That is the first step to a life without gambling.
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