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Gambling Addiction

Gambling addiction—also known as pathological gambling, compulsive gambling or gambling disorder—is an impulse-control disorder.

Gambling Addiction and Problem Gambling

Gambling addiction can be particularly detrimental to your finances, as well as your physical and mental well-being.

Also known as pathological gambling or gambling disorder, gambling addiction is an impulse control disorder.

Gambling addiction can be enormously damaging to one’s family and friends, with the consequences sometimes stretching out years into the future.

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Who is Most at Risk of Gambling Addiction?

One strong predictor of gambling addiction is genetics, with studies showing a correlation between addiction predisposition and bloodline.

Another predictor is the responsibility, with busier people being less likely to become addicted to gambling than those who are less busy.

The final main indicator is mental health problems.

Certain mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety, PTSD and schizophrenia make a person more likely to become addicted to gambling.

Do You Have a Gambling Addiction?

Gambling in moderation can be a fun way to pass the time.

In excess, however, it can hugely be damaging.

Signs of gambling addiction include the following:

  • Betting more money than you can afford to lose
  • Trying to win back lost money
  • Chasing a ‘high’ by gambling larger and larger sums of money
  • Guilt related to gambling
  • Being told by others that you have a gambling problem

Gambling addiction can seem hopeless at the best of times, both for the addict and for their family.

However, it is important to know that this is not the case.

A good place to start is to separate the facts of gambling addiction from fiction.

Gambling Addiction: Fact from Fiction

Addictive drugs and gambling rewire neural circuits in similar ways. When it comes to gambling addiction, there are several popularly held misconceptions.

One view is that gambling addiction is reserved for those who are weak-willed or unintelligent.

In reality, gambling is equally likely to occur in people regardless of their intelligence.

Another myth is that gambling addiction is not a problem if the sufferer can afford it.

Again, this is untrue; the negative impacts of gambling go far beyond money, impacting relationships, careers and mental health.

There is also the unfair assumption that others should be obliged to pay the debt of the person with the gambling addiction.

Quick fixes like this can sometimes seem like solutions, but they only end up making the problem worse in the long-run by enabling the gambling addiction to continue unchecked.

What Help is Available to Those with Gambling Addiction?

With any addiction, it is good practise to visit a GP first to assess your symptoms.

From there, there are several options when approaching gambling addiction.

If you decide that inpatient treatment is right for you or your loved one, there are multiple rehab options available.

However, long waiting times and poor facilities can often be a barrier to recovery.

Castle Craig Hospital, the UK’s leading addiction clinic, offers state-of-the-art addiction care and recovery route for those considering private inpatient treatment programmes.

Specialising in addiction and with over 30 years’ experience, Castle Craig employs proven recovery methods for overcoming cocaine addiction.

Based in the idyllic Scotland border region, it is also the perfect retreat for working professionals.

For more information and a free addiction assessment, visit Castle Craig’s website.

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