What is a gambling addiction?
A gambling addiction is when an individual is unable to stop gambling.
There is a big difference between an addiction and simply gambling too much.
A person with a gambling addiction usually is not aware, or will deny the fact, that they have a problem.
Gambling addiction often times leads to personal, physicial, and/or social consequences that range in severity.
However, someone with a gambling addiction cannot and will not stop until they've hit rock bottom.
How can we help your depression?
Whether you've only just realized that there is a problem or if you've already hit rock bottom, our therapists will be there by your side.
While the road to recovery varies strongly for each each person, we are able to coach you through each step of recovery.
We will be with you through the good and the bad, and will see you through, and ultimitaly, past your addiction.
There are still skeptics out there who don't believe that gambling is a serious addiction, but let us assure you,
IT CAN BE JUST AS SERIOUS AS A DRUG ADDICTION.
Please take a look at the information below.
Signs and symptoms of compulsive (pathologic) gambling include:
Gaining a thrill from taking big gambling risks
Taking increasingly bigger gambling risks
Preoccupation with gambling
Reliving past gambling experiences
Gambling as a way to escape problems or feelings of helplessness, guilt or depression
Taking time from work or family life to gamble
Concealing or lying about gambling
Feeling guilt or remorse after gambling
Borrowing money or stealing to gamble
Failed efforts to cut back on gambling
On rare occasions, gambling becomes a problem with the very first wager. But more often, a gambling problem progresses over time. In fact, many people spend years enjoying social gambling without any problems. But more frequent gambling or life stresses can turn casual gambling into something much more serious.
During periods of stress or depression, the urge to gamble may be especially overpowering, serving as an unhealthy escape. Eventually, a person with a gambling problem becomes almost completely preoccupied with gambling and getting money to gamble.
For many compulsive gamblers, betting isn't as much about money as it is about the excitement. Sustaining the thrill that gambling provides usually involves taking increasingly bigger risks and placing larger bets. Those bets may involve sums you can't afford to lose.
Unlike most casual gamblers who stop when losing or set a loss limit, compulsive gamblers are compelled to keep playing to recover their money — a pattern that becomes increasingly destructive over time.
Some compulsive gamblers may have remission where they gamble less or not at all for a period of time. However, without treatment, the remission usually isn't permanent.
When to see a doctor or mental health provider
Have family members, friends or co-workers expressed concern about your gambling? If so, listen to their worries. Because denial is almost always a characteristic of compulsive or addictive behavior, it may be difficult for you to recognize that you have a problem.
Gambling is out of control if:
It's affecting your relationships, finances, or work or school life
You're devoting more and more time and energy to gambling
You've unsuccessfully tried to stop or cut back on your gambling
You try to conceal your gambling from family or others
You resort to theft or fraud to get gambling money
You ask others to bail you out of financial woes because you've gambled money away
It may be difficult and even shameful to talk to someone about a gambling problem, but it is also necessary and life-altering.
We have therapists who specialize in exactly these kinds of problems and we can help you take back control of your life.
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