The True Cost of Gambling Addictions

gambling addictionGambling advertisements are everywhere and with the rise of online gambling it is easier than ever to place a bet. Internet gambling has led to a massive increase in the amount of women who struggle with a gambling problem. Yet it appears that men and women gamble for very different reasons.Unfortunately, women who are addicted to gambling are rarely understood. Female gamblers are now more common than ever, yet online gambling websites are still advertised on television every day. One victim of online gambling sites was Caroline Shopland-Saich, a marketing executive who's been hitting the headlines this week. Caroline became addicted to online gambling two years ago, and recently used her company credit card to pay off £22,620 to Foxy Bingo. The credit card was given to Caroline by her employer Applegate Media, so she could buy vouchers as a reward for her most successful sales reps. 

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Overeating and the Brain

While binge eating leads to a number of overt physical problems, the psychological component of this disorder can be far more complex, and equally as dangerous. Proper treatment requires focusing on both the psychological and physical issues in order to bring about a full recovery.

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Sex addiction recovery, - the mending of a broken heart

The shame of admitting to sex addictionSex addiction, while not yet formally recognized by the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic Manual of Mental Disorders as a diagnosis, is receiving an increasing amount of attention. With mounting reports of high profile personalities (most of whom are male) who site sex addiction as the reason for their extramarital affairs, the controversy surrounding sex addiction has gained currency, and the public as well as the experts seem be divided in two camps, -those that believe it to be an actual diagnosis, and those who believe it is just a convenient excuse. However, in our experience, no one in treatment for sex addiction has ever used sex addiction as an excuse. Rather, the painful consequences of this pattern of behaviour are often so great that absolute desperation drives them into treatment. And what may be treatment of an addictive behaviour is often the mending of a broken heart.

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Friends and Family of Gambling Addicts

support for relatives of gambling addictsContinuing on from our latest blog on the issue of problem gambling and gambling addiction, let us turn our attention to those who involuntarily suffer the consequences of this serious addiction; the family members. While all addictions come to affect the emotional wellbeing of family members, perhaps this is particularly so where gambling addiction is concerned. The secrecy that has enabled the behaviours to continue past the point of rectifiable financial damage leaves not just the gambling addict, but the entire family in a vulnerable position. Conflicting feelings may arise, as resentment builds towards your loved one, for having stolen, deceived, and manipulated, and while part of you may want shame the gambler, when a gambler is feeling hopeless the risk of suicide is high. This is why it is important to explore how you, as a family member, can make positive choices for yourself, and balance encouraging your loved one to get help, without losing yourself in the process?

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Tell Tale Signs of Bulimia Nervosa

Eating_Disorder_RecoveryThis year the National Eating Disorder Awareness organization has invited everyone interested to do Just one Thing in order to raise awareness about the illness. Continuing our commitment and contribution towards this noble cause, today’s blog release builds on yesterday’s blog of the tell tale signs of Anorexia Nervosa, in the hope that this will serve to highlight some of the attitudes, behaviors, and pressures that shape the disorder.

Understanding and admitting that you have a problem with Bulimia is the first vital step towards seeking help and obtaining the appropriate treatment. This is, in itself, an important milestone, and we appreciate how difficult it can be. For many, feelings of denial and shame often hinder early intervention, and in some cases lack of understanding of the symptoms that accompany Bulimia, can result in the condition going undiagnosed unnecessarily.

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