Signs of Gambling Addiction
- Jeopardizing meaningful relationships, employment or other important opportunities as a result of gambling
- Feeling a thrill from taking big gambling risks
- Gambling as a way to escape problems or emotions of depression, helplessness, guilt or anxiety
- Taking time from work or family life to gamble
- Lying to family, friends and/or others in an effort to hide the extent of the gambling addiction
- Repeated failed attempts to stop or reduce gambling
- Borrowing money or stealing to gamble
- Committing crimes (stealing, fraud or forgery) in an effort to finance gambling
- Constantly thinking, planning and obsessing about gambling
- Continuing to gamble after losing money in an attempt to win back losses
- Feeling guilt or remorse
At Next Chapter, we utilize evidenced based practices that include psychosocial, spiritual and therapeutic healing. We have accumulated a team of licensed and compassionate therapists and counselors, all boasting extensive experience in treating both substance dependency and related addictive disorders – such as compulsive gambling. Like other behavioral addictions, compulsive gambling as classified as an impulse-control disorder, and characterized by an inability to control the urge to gamble – regardless of devastating personal consequences. Like consuming chemical substances, gambling stimulates the reward center of the brain. Compulsive gamblers experience a euphoric high when placing bets, and eventually develop a tolerance that leads them to continuously increase the amount at stake.
Those who suffer from pathologic gambling will continue chasing the ‘high’ despite steadily accumulating consequences, such as compromised interpersonal relationships, issues at work, and potential debt. Many compulsive gamblers will resort to theft in order to support their habits, sometimes suffering legal consequences as a result. If gambling begins affecting your relationships, career, and finances, it is likely that you are suffering from a potentially devastating impulse-control disorder. If you have tried to quit gambling on your own and found yourself unable, professional treatment is likely a necessity. While the causes of gambling addiction vary significantly, it is very common for those who suffer from this specific disorder to simultaneously struggle with drug and alcohol abuse issues. Individuals afflicted with both disorders must seek dual diagnosis treatment in order to comprehensively recover and maintain long-term sobriety. For more information on our program of compulsive gambling recovery, please feel free to contact us today.
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