Evidence-Based Treatment for Compulsive Gamblers
Sports betting isn’t fun anymore. Playing card games with family members is no longer a game. Going to the casino has become a compulsion. You have a glove box full of scratch offs.
You’ve realized that instead of feeding yourself, you’re feeding an addiction/
Compulsive gambling is a serious problem that results in life-altering consequences. Loss of savings, relationships, homes, and even livelihood are all associated with problem gambling.
When the only thing you have left to bet on is yourself, know that help is available.
Support services are available. You CAN overcome problem gambling.
What is Gambling Addiction?
Gambling addiction, called compulsive gambling or gambling disorder, is an uncontrollable compulsive behavior that urges a person to gamble despite the negative consequences. Individuals with a gambling addiction often get to the point where they are willing to risk it all for the thrill of the win.
Many people suffering from a gambling addiction lose everything except their compulsion to gamble. Don’t let it get to that point. If you or a loved one are showing signs of gambling disorder, seek help from an addiction specialist.
What Causes Gambling Disorder?
There are numerous factors that can contribute to gambling disorder, including the need for money combined with the desire for the dopamine high that comes with thrill-seeking. The gambling scene is often depicted as a high-society, exciting, socialite-filled atmosphere that can be alluring to some people.
Signs of problem gambling include poor impulse control, irritability when gambling is not an option or when trying to cut back on gambling, using gambling to reduce feelings of depression or anxiety, attempting to win back lost money (chasing losses), at the casino and lying to friends and family in an attempt to hide gambling.
What Treatment Options are Available for Gambling Addiction?
There are a multitude of treatments that will help an individual overcome pathological gambling. These include antidepressant therapy and mood stabilizers, individual therapy, family therapy, support groups like Gamblers Anonymous, and different types of psychotherapy such as CBT and DBT
Those with a serious gambling problem should seek admission into a gambling addiction treatment facility for a comprehensive and holistic treatment plan to help overcome this condition.
Healing Modalities for Gambling at The Heights
For complete recovery, modalities should focus on the patient holistically. To ensure efficacy, centric therapies that are supported with scientific studies and data.
At The Heights, our addiction and behavioral health treatment center utilizes both group and individual therapy to empower patients with the coping skills they need to thrive outside of recovery.
Our therapies include:
*Houston location only
FAQs About Problem Gambling & Rehab for Gambling
Do you have more questions about problem gambling and treatment options? We’ve answered some of your most frequently asked questions below.