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 made gambling more accessible, allowing more and more people to do it 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.
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.
What is a gambling addiction?
The symptoms of 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 treatment services and is designed to ensure you receive the highest standard of addiction treatment and achieve a sustained 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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