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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: Signs, Help & Therapy

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

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

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Gambling addiction overview

How to spot an addiction?

  • Gambling alone without other people knowing
  • Hiding your problem
  • Lying about the amount you gamble or spend
  • Using it to shut out negative thoughts
  • Trying to forget memories or past traumas
  • Trying to numb any pain – physical or psychological
  • Using it to turn down thoughts of guilt and shame
  • Others being concerned about your behaviour
  • Turning into a different person

World-renowned behavioural rehab; Castle Craig. Visit website.

Treatment: Gambling rehab

  • Treatment programmes that last from 28-90 days
  • Identifies any co-occurring mental health conditions
  • Outpatient sessions
  • Inpatient “life-changing” programmes

What can be done today?

Whether you want to get help for your family member, your partner, or your friend, it is important to encourage the person who is struggling with a gambling addiction to get help.

The best and often the first place to start is with a free addiction assessment, which will consist of a half-hour phone call conversation designed to find you the best and most appropriate help. 

As addicted individuals, we crave stimulants because they fill a hole, they allow us to escape. 

But for how long and to what cost?

How can we expect to be free from addiction when we have not dealt with the root cause of why in the first place.

Addiction is truly not your fault, it’s how your brain has learned to function and there are many rehab facilities across the UK with world-class therapists who can help you reclaim your power and live a life free from addiction.

A common problem

Statistic: Frequency of gambling in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2020 | Statista
Find more statistics at Statista

Why do you gamble to cope?

The highest-rated treatment hospital that provides help for gambling addiction is the Castle Craig facility.

The Castle Craig hospital provides the patients with access to:

  • Personalised psychotherapy plan for every patient
  • Relapse prevention training
  • 24/7 medical supervision and therapeutic help 

Types of therapy for gambling

Like addiction to any substance, the long-term treatment pathway involves physical detox and withdrawal, followed by a recovery that can include group therapy and psychological treatments such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) undertaken in a residential rehab facility, like Castle Craig, for example.

The journey will require patience, effort, understanding and vulnerability. 

Therapy is going to aim at helping you build a better, stronger relationship with yourself so that you can cope with whatever life throws at you reasonably.

Detox and therapy benefits

  1. Be in a secure and safe environment
  2. Medically managed detoxes with round the clock, 24/7 care and support
  3. Opens you up to a life-changing diagnosis that ensures you receive the correct help
  4. Experienced team of doctors, nurses and therapists (note, not all facilities will have onsite medical staff – ask us to see who does)
  5. Personalised rehabilitation and aftercare programmes (some facilities)
  6. Work on strategies to prevent relapse

We get it

There are several options when approaching gambling addiction.

we can help advise on the best place for your recovery and funding as well as just being a friendly face whenever you need one.

Specialising in addiction and with over 30 years’ experience, ERG employs proven recovery methods for overcoming gambling addiction.

Schedule a free gambling addiction assessment here, or call to find out more about rehabs across the UK, how to fund residential treatment and how to access it!

"I knew in my heart that this would be a place of hope, for people and families whose lives are ravaged by addiction who are hopeless and helpless, even though they don't realise it sometimes, and that this place would be a sanctuary for them to find the help and healing that they needed."

Dr Anne McCann
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