Gambling addiction is a widespread problem with serious consequences. People who gamble compulsively can engage in increasingly risky behaviour, jeopardising their financial stability, personal relationships, employment, and even their physical safety. As with other addictions, issues with gambling are best treated in their early stages, before patterns become deeply ingrained.
How Do You Know If It’s a Problem?
Gambling addiction often manifests as a need to win back losses sustained by betting. This can lead to a gambler taking significant risks that only occasionally pay off, often to the detriment of relationships, work, and financial security. Symptoms of gambling addiction may include:
- Lying or secrecy about the frequency of gambling or amounts placed in bets
- Accrual of debt as a result of gambling
- Inability to control compulsion to gamble
- Decreased productivity at work or school
- Strained relationships with family and friends
- Co-occurring mental health issues such as anxiety or depression
When people are in the throes of unhealthy gambling, attempting to simply walk away from a losing streak can seem impossible. This is why treatment is critically necessary in ending the compulsion to gamble and to help stabilise people’s lives.
What Treatment Is Available
Both inpatient and outpatient treatment options offer potential for rehabilitation from gambling addiction. As gambling is a process addiction, re-routing patterns of behaviour, establishing effective stress management techniques, and learning relapse prevention methods are very important. Discussing your concerns and symptoms with a therapist is an important first step in determining how to address your gambling addiction.
At The Edge, we use a multi-pronged approach to successfully treat gambling addiction and help people maintain healthy habits. This includes combining specialised behavioural management techniques, individual and group therapy, and physical activity. Our professional counsellors have many years of experience in treating gambling addiction, and group sessions will allow participants to share their struggles and methods in moving forward. Additionally, our resort-like inpatient centre offers participants a relaxing, supportive environment in which to put space between themselves and the triggers and stressors of their addiction. Easy access to the outdoors and athletic activity offers unlimited opportunities to de-stress and refocus on a new, healthy life.
If you want to free yourself from the stresses of gambling, call The Edge today. Our team will work with you every step of the way to help you get your life to where you want it to be.