About Gambling Addiction
A gambling addiction can develop in anyone at any time. Sometimes known as ‘compulsive gambling’ or ‘problem gambling’, gambling addiction is defined by the continuous urge to gamble despite negative effects on finances and personal life.
Gambling addiction can be the result of an impulse control disorder, which causes trouble in regulating emotions and behaviour. This can make it difficult for an individual to manage and control the urge to gamble and the adrenaline rush associated with it. Gambling addictions can also arise as a response to stress, the convenience of placing easy bets from devices and filling an emotional gap.
The number of people suffering from gambling addiction is on the rise in the UK, which is largely attributed to fixed-odd betting terminals found in bookmakers across the country. Other vices to gambling addicts can include online sports, betting in bookmakers or at sporting events, online casino games, and betting on slots or quiz machines.
Do You Need Help Overcoming the Impact of a Gambling Addiction?
If you think you or one of your loved ones may have a problem with gambling, there is help and support available. You are not alone, but you need to make the first step into the recovery circle and speak to someone about the gambling issue.
For successful rehabilitation, a gambling addiction must be treated as both a medical condition and a well-being one. The right support can help an individual discover the all-around impact of their gambling addiction, so it can be recognised, addressed and overcome.
The first step in gambling rehab is recognising that there is a problem.
Do any of the following apply to you or a loved one:
- Placing bets or gambling when there are no funds available to do so.
- A loss of interest in other hobbies due to a preoccupation with gambling
- Increasing the stake of the bet to recoup losses or to experience the same level of thrill
- Hiding the amount of money and time spent gambling from loved ones.
- Stealing to fund the gambling habit
- Denial that you have a gambling problem.
- Making an effort to, but being unable to stop or significantly reduce the time spent gambling
- Gambling is having a negative impact on your personal and professional lives.
The physical and psychological symptoms of gambling addiction are not as noticeable as those experienced with a substance abuse problem. However, there are some symptoms to look out for, including anxiety, depression, irritability, stomach issues, headaches, and stress-related symptoms.
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The treatment of gambling addiction is focused on the needs of the individual and their loved ones. Rehabilitation typically involves treatment from medical professionals, therapists, psychologists, and addiction specialists.
Gambling Rehabilitation may include some or all the following interventions
- A thorough psychological and physiological assessment.
- In-patient or outpatient admission to a rehabilitation clinic.
- Talking therapies, including cognitive behavioural therapy.
- Affiliation with self-help and/or multi-aid support groups.
- Continuing care and aftercare services and support.
At Recovery Circle we will work closely with you to understand the underlying issues behind the compulsion to gamble and start to address the causes with a tailored treatment plan, offering the perfect platform for recovery. Our team is discrete, compassionate and understanding, creating a supportive environment for those affected by addiction.
Sometimes individuals do not manage to beat their addiction at the first attempt. There can be many reasons for this. The wrong treatment programme, clinic or relapse due to circumstances.
Repeatedly revisiting the same treatment is not advisable. Instead of seeking familiar surroundings it can be more helpful to find a new space with a different programme that helps you with the process of breaking routines, rather than forming new ones.
Call Recovery Circle in confidence and discuss your previous treatment with our team of specialists. We’ll discover what hasn’t worked for you and help you find the next step in your path to a full recovery, including making an in-depth plan for any needed rehabilitation.
We work with treatment centres that involve family and partners appropriately in the treatment process. We also specifically work with rehab clinics that offer family therapy as part of their treatment options, so that everyone affected can receive the best possible support during recovery.
Sober coaching & companionship covers addictive and compulsive behaviours, helping individuals to recognise and deal with triggers in a positive way. This a bespoke service is carefully tailored to the client’s needs.
Sober coaching meets the client in various stages of recovery from addiction to day to day life. From positively acclimatising to sobriety or facing everyday challenges, individuals can often feel rudderless after leaving treatment. Returning to normal life can be a difficult transition for some.
Sober Companion service is akin recovery support on-the-go. This service can be used by peoples who have relapsed on several occasions and who want guidance in grounding their sobriety in real life situations which otherwise would have lead them to their compulsive /impulsive behaviours.
The sessions can be conducted in person, Skype, Facetime, or telephone, whatever you feel most comfortable with. Most sessions typically last 60 minutes with daily email or phone support.
Diet, sleep and good self-care are a platform on which recovery is built. Complementary treatments that enhance health and wellbeing are powerful additions to any recovery plan.
A wide range of complementary therapies are available at our network of centres & clinics. Yoga, massage, mindfulness meditation and Tai Chi are particularly popular approaches that enhance wellbeing in recovery.
When choosing a treatment centre it is beneficial to select one that provides access to complementary treatments. Some approaches might not work for you, but be open-minded and explore options
The primary approach to gambling rehabilitation is some form of psychological support from an addiction specialist. The first step on the journey to recovery is understanding why the addiction developed, which can be explored through talking therapies either one-to-one or in a group setting.
Behavioural talking therapies, like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, are successful in the treatment of gambling addiction, by helping an individual understand the triggers for their gambling behaviours. By understanding what drives the urge to gamble, ways to changes the thought-process and ultimately the behaviour.
Recovery Circle’s addiction specialists can offer behavioural therapy, counselling, and support, so an individual can work towards managing and beating their gambling addiction.
Private Rehab Clinics Near You
As we work with a network of rehabilitation clinics and addiction treatment centres, we are able to look at your individual circumstances and identify possible treatment facilities near you. However, our priority will always be finding the service we feel would provide the best treatment programme and facilities to aid your recovery, wherever this is a rehab clinic in the UK, or elsewhere in the world.
Here are some of the locations where clinic based treatment is available.