The general acceptance of gambling in society can result in casual gambling quickly developing into an addiction that can take over someone’s life. Much like any addiction, there will be a progressive need to increase the risk involved, as the smaller stakes will not generate the same excitement as they would have initially.
Gambling addiction is often referred to as compulsive gambling, and is considered an affliction that causes people to have moderate to severe impulse control problems.
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The signs and symptoms of gambling addiction
Gambling addiction shares many signs and symptoms with those associated alcohol addiction and substance abuse. The first and often most common symptom is an increased need to gamble accompanied by denial. The gambling addict will refuse to recognize how their gambling addiction is taking up more of their lives and further withdrawing and isolating them from others. Because the addictive behaviours are rewarding in and of themselves, those prone to addictive behaviours tend to become addicted simply by participating in the act. Because of its very destructive nature, it is important to start gambling addiction treatment early.
I think that I need Gambling Addiction treatment, how can Life Works help me?
Gambling addiction treatment is critical for addicts who would like to learn to control their addictive behaviour and bring their lives under control. Life Works program assists in identifying the thoughts and behaviours which initially contributed to gambling, as well as identifying what is within the addict's control and what is not. Co-morbidity with other psychological stressors and illnesses is also examined, and the gambling addict is viewed in a very holistic manner to ensure that all facets of their gambling addiction are being addressed. This includes rebuilding the broken social networks which often occur as a result of the addiction.
How can I start Gambling Addiction treatment at Life Works?
The first step toward starting gambling addiction treatment is to call, at which point an admissions professional can confidentially begin to evaluate the situation of the gambling addict. An optimal course of action is then recommended, including either residential or outpatient treatment. This program is conducted to medically ensure the health and well-being of all participants experiencing gambling addiction and other addictions. Participants follow a daily schedule, which is shown to assist with addictive behaviours, and will be part of group therapy sessions with other gambling and non-gambling addicts due to the basic similarities underlying all addictions.
Life Works provides first rate support and guidance in the treatment of gambling addiction. To discuss how we can help you, please call 0800 081 0700 or click here to complete a short enquiry form.