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Gambling addiction

Gambling addiction is a type of impulse control disorder, which means the addicted person can’t control their impulse to gamble, even when they know their gambling problem is detrimental to themselves or their loved ones. Gambling addicts keep gambling, whether they’re up or down. Even when they know the odds are stacked against them, and they can’t afford to lose, they keep betting.

‘Problem gambling’ is any type of gambling behaviour that negatively disrupts your life. If you find yourself spending more time and money on gambling, if you are preoccupied with thoughts of gambling and you often try to ‘chase losses’, then you may have a gambling problem.

What is gambling addiction?

There may be as many as 450,000 problem gamblers in the United Kingdom. A gambling problem can have a negative impact on your personal finances as your attempts to win back losses become unmanageable. Spending wages, savings and any spare cash, as well as building up excessive debts, are all common traits of a gambling problem. However, the effects can reach beyond money alone.

Gambling addicts often feel isolated in pursuit of chasing loses. You might neglect your responsibilities and stay away from work in order to gamble. Relationships and social engagements may become increasingly less important in comparison to your preoccupation with gambling. Gambling addiction may also be affected by drug misuse, in which case you may need help finding a drug rehab facility. 

Signs and symptoms of a gambling problem
Signs and symptoms of a gambling problem include:

  • Preoccupation with gambling.
  • Gambling to escape problems, guilt or depression.
  • Taking increasingly bigger gambling risks.
  • Neglecting work or family life to gamble.
  • Concealing or lying about gambling habits.
  • Feeling guilt or remorse after gambling.
  • Borrowing money or stealing to gamble.
  • Failed efforts to cut back on gambling.
  • Reliving past gambling experiences.

How to stop gambling

Gambling rehab is a course of treatment to overcome a gambling problem. Gambling Rehab is abstinence based and provides an intense programme of support and care aimed at people who have difficulty overcoming their gambling addiction without intensive support.

Rehabs often involve a range of psychological treatments, with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) proven to be one of the most effective methods. CBT is a talking therapy approach with a ‘here and now’ focus. It can help gambling addicts to identify and manage the triggers to their problem behaviour. It encourages better coping mechanisms for the urges, thoughts and feelings that lead up to a gambling episode.

Getting gambling help

There is no quick fix or one size fits all solution when trying to quit gambling. It is a complex problem, with many related issues, but recovery is possible. We have seen it on many occasions. People in the depths of despair have sought our help to get gambling help and gone on to complete recovery and retaken control of their lives.

The right help at the right time

If you are worried that your gambling habits, or those of a loved one, could be out of control then you may want to contact us. We can help you to navigate towards the right gambling help at the right time. Please call our free phone line on 08000029010.

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