Whether it’s lottery tickets, scratch tickets, sports, cards, slots or any other game of chance, in a casino or online, compulsive gambling is a type of impulse control disorder, often referred to as gambling addiction. People afflicted with gambling addiction feel as if they can’t control these urges to gamble, even when these urges are hurting their loved ones, or when they use them justify stealing, lying and sneaking around behind a loved one’s back. Gambling addicts may think they can’t stop, that they can’t overcome their problem, but that’s simply not true. With the right help from the right treatment center, anyone can overcome their gambling addiction and regain control of their life. Our network contains some of the top gambling addiction experts in the industry.
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Gambling addiction can ruin your life and the lives of the loved one’s around you. Compulsively gambling away money needed for rent, bills, or even your kid’s college doesn’t have to be your reality. We can help.
What Is Gambling Addiction?
How Do I Know If I’m Addicted?
Not all gambling is a sign of addiction. Problem gambling is gambling that disrupts your normal life. If someone is preoccupied with gambling, spending increasing amounts of time and money on gambling, chasing losses, or gambling despite serious consequences, one may have a gambling problem. Gamblers with a problem will keep gambling whether they are up or down, broke or flush, happy or sad. The idea that they can’t afford to lose, or that the consequences of losing can destroy their lives or the lives of loved ones doesn’t enter the equation.
How Do I Know If I’m Addicted?
Gambling can stimulate the brains reward system, much like drugs or alcohol can. This rarely happens on the first bet, but it is possible. More often than not, a gambling problem develops over time. Some compulsive gamblers may have spent years gambling socially with no problems, only to develop the condition years later as a way to cope with life, stress, and unresolved feelings serving as unhealthy escape. The draw is not so much for the money as it is for the rush of the bet. The bigger the bet, the bigger the rush. Unlike normal gamblers who can walk away after a bet, compulsive gamblers are compelled to keep playing to recover what they lost or to ride the high of a win.
I Have A Problem. Now What?
Once someone admits they have a problem, recovery is in sight. All that is needed is a willingness to recover and the proper place to help facilitate recovery. Our network of providers can help you or your loved one get back on track, and get the help they need to start living life out of the red, and “off the bet”. Call us today at (866) 347-8319 and begin down your road to recovery.
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Feeling Unusually Confused, Upset, Worried Or Scared
Sever Mood Swings
Persistent Thoughts That Won’t Let Up
Drinking, Smoking, Or Doing Drugs (More Than Usual)
Gambling addiction is a compulsion that may or may not be a warning sign of a deeper mental health issue. If you’re suffering from a gambling addiction, you want to make sure that it’s not a symptom of something more serious. Your best bet is to get into a treatment program and find professional help. A good dual diagnosis center will be able to determine if there is an underlying issue at work. Click below or call us today to find out more about mental health disorders.
Questions And Answers About Gambling Addiction
Detox is necessary because before life changing rehab therapy can be administered, the body must be purged of addictive substances. Once detox has been completed, the hard work begins and rehabilitation starts. No matter what type of addiction treatment programs are deployed, willing participation is vital. Our highly qualified treatment program facility network will provide long lasting life changing therapies that may include group and individualized therapy.
While each person’s journey through rehab may vary, many will initially find the treatment programs mentally challenging and rehab schedules daunting. As time goes by it, will change from a challenge to a positive and productive experience allowing for the transition into a clean, healthy life full of potential. Our treatment center providers provide safe, secure, and tranquil settings for complete restoration.
A: No. A gambling addict may gamble a lot or a little. Frequency is not the issue. Gambling becomes a problem when it starts causes problems.
A: No, it will still create a problem for them. Even if the gambler were incredibly lucky, and won more than he or she lost, the time spent away from family, of putting gambling before other priorities in their life would eventual damage relationships, jobs, and other aspects of life.
A: No. Like any addict, problem gamblers will justify their actions. Blaming others is a way to avoid taking responsibility for their actions and consequences of their actions. This includes admitting there’s a problem and getting help.
A: This can be a giant red flag that can help determine if someone is a compulsive gambler. When someone gets more and more desperate to recoup their losses, gambles until they spent every last dollar, or tries to borrow money to win their losses back, it’s a major sign of gambling addiction. After spending money for bills, credit cards or food for their children, a compulsive gambler may even feel the need to beg borrow and steal to make ends meet. There’s a broken logic in the addicts mind that states that the only way to get the lost money back is to win it via gambling, creating a vicious cycle.