Pickleball is an addiction.
Yes! The struggle is real.
Pickleball addiction refers to a strong and often uncontrollable urge to play pickleball, a paddle sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton, and table tennis. While pickleball can be a fun and engaging activity, an addiction to any activity can become problematic if it starts to interfere with a person's daily life and responsibilities.
Signs of pickleball addiction may include:
Preoccupation with pickleball: Constantly thinking about playing pickleball, planning when and where to play, and feeling restless or anxious when not engaged in the activity.
Neglecting other responsibilities: Prioritizing pickleball over work, relationships, and other important obligations, leading to poor performance in these areas.
Withdrawal symptoms: Experiencing irritability, restlessness, or depression when unable to play.
Neglecting house works and other social engagements unless it's with other pickleball players, then all the social interaction is also about pickleball.
Escalating frequency and duration: Needing to play pickleball for longer periods or more frequently to achieve the same level of satisfaction.
Financial consequences: Spending excessive money on pickleball equipment, memberships, and tournaments.
Secretly searching pickleballonline, pickleballsuperstore, oz pickleball or on Obelisk Pickleball for sales or new products
If you suspect that you or someone you know may be struggling with pickleball addiction, it is important to seek support. Consider the following steps:
Build a support network: Engage with friends, family, or support groups who understand the challenges of addiction and can provide encouragement and accountability.
Set boundaries: Establish limits on pickleball playtime and commit to balancing other areas of life, such as work, relationships.
Explore alternative activities: Find other hobbies or interests that can provide a sense of fulfillment and enjoyment outside of pickleball.
Consider therapy or counseling: Participate in individual or group therapy sessions to address underlying factors contributing to the addiction and learn coping strategies.
Remember, addiction can be a complex issue, and seeking professional help is crucial in managing and overcoming it.
PBA( pickleball anonymous) is available at all pickleball venues throughout Australia. The secret code for help is OMG ( one more game).