How is a Gambling Addiction Treated?
It is estimated there are as many as 600,000 problem gamblers in the UK. The anticipation and thrill of gambling creates a natural high that can become addictive. The internet has also made gambling more accessible, allowing more and more people to do it discreetly from home.
Gambling can take many forms, from bingo, slot machines, scratch cards and the National Lottery to sports betting and casinos. Problem gamblers are much more likely to suffer from low self-esteem, stress, anxiety, and depression.
Many people start out believing gambling to be recreational or ‘just a bit of fun’, but can soon find themselves unable to stop, resulting in large debts and financial problems. At New Leaf Recovery we specialise in gambling addiction treatments so if you're in need of gambling addiction help, please get in touch today.
Every individual’s recovery is personal and treatments and recovery lengths differ for everybody. At New Leaf, you’ll go through a detoxification process before treatment starts. You’re likely to experience irritability and restlessness or anxiety but there is plenty of support and you’ll be in a safe environment. Get gambling addiction help with New Leaf.
What is a gambling addiction?
Often when people think about problem gambling, they think about the loss of money and debt. However, problem gambling can negatively affect many other aspects of your life including your relationships with friends and family, your health, your work, your education, and the amount of time you have available to do other things. If you are starting to realise that gambling is affecting these areas of your life, you are not alone and New Leaf can help you.
We are a rehabilitation centre based in Birmingham treating all kinds of addictions from alcohol, substance and behavioural addictions including gambling addictions. We tailor a bespoke treatment programme that will address your needs. The programme will be individualised with a wide range of gambling addiction treatment services and is designed to ensure you receive the highest standard of addiction treatment and achieve a sustained recovery.
Why people start gambling
There could be various reasons behind people starting to gamble. It can begin innocently with wanting a bit of fun and experiencing some wins. Recreational gambling requires accepting that you’re more than likely going to lose than win and that the chances are low. However, individuals with motives or addictions fall into problem gambling. Although, many people may use it as an escape from pressure or stresses in their personal or work lives. It could be a distraction from sadness and feeling lonely, or gambling could be a substitute for other forms of addiction.
Gambling is an addiction that can very easily progress as an individual goes through the phases of losing and winning. The thrill of a win can lead to continued attempts at gambling, which inevitably leads to encountering losses and a desperation for that thrill. The cycle of this continues and the consequences increase.
The symptoms of a gambling addiction
There are many symptoms of a gambling addiction. Some of which include:
- Showing obsessive behaviour over any type of gambling
- Failure to stop gambling
- Not being honest about your gambling habit
- The feeling of guilt after you have been gambling
- Selling your possessions or stealing to feed your habit
A gambling addiction can also have an impact on your relationships, job and social life.
The risks of gambling
Due to the repetitive cycle of winning and losing, highs and lows, gambling addictions that go untreated can consume people’s lives and affect those around them. Typically, gamblers won’t seek help until absolutely necessary as they try to regain their financial losses or feel too much shame and fear around their addiction. Gamblers may develop or already be dealing with other addictions like alcohol or drug use. It’s important to address these substance addictions in order to recover from gambling too.
Relationships with loved ones will likely be affected by gambling addictions. With more and more time spent gambling, and impacts on your finances, you may experience friends, partners or family distancing themselves. You can grow lonely and isolated with a gambling addiction which makes recovering from it more difficult. Whether you are seeking help for yourself or a loved one has reached out, New Leaf will help with gambling addiction treatments and support you in your recovery.
Gambling addiction help and treatment
There is evidence that gambling can be successfully treated in the same way as other addictions, and that cognitive behavioural therapy methods are the most successful. Specialised addiction services that mainly focus on substance misuse often treat gambling problems, too. They use the same techniques to treat gambling addictions that they use to treat substance misuse.
New Leaf is a rehabilitation centre based in Birmingham offering gambling addiction treatment and help. Contact us today on 0300 999 0330 or fill out our online contact form to request a call back.
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