Gambling Addiction

Gambling addiction is a progressive brain disorder that manifests in the same way as a substance addiction. At Delamere, we can help you to regain control of your life, whatever the cause of your gambling addiction. 

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Gambling addiction help at Delamere

Our team of experts work with you to identify the reason for gambling as part of a comprehensive residential rehab programme at our discreet, luxury private rehab and develop a future-proof plan to overcome your addiction.

At Delamere, we help our guests understand the root cause of their gambling addiction and develop the tools and strategies that not only prevent relapse but allow them to live a life free from the constraints of gambling.

Gambling disorders deeply affect the brain, often demanding psychological assessment and intensive therapies like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

These treatments may include individual, group, and even family counselling sessions. Medications, such as antidepressants and anti-anxiety tablets, are also available to treat some of the psychological impacts of gambling addiction.

What works for one person, will be different for another, which is why at Delamere our recognised addiction specialists co-create individualised gambling addiction treatment programmes with our guests.

Growing beyond addiction at Delamere

“I didn’t have trouble with alcohol or drugs but the therapist, mentors and staff helped me greatly in my depressed state. I can honestly say I became a better, happier person.” – Michael Theodorou, Former Delamere guest


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When to seek gambling addiction treatment

Similar to the way stimulating drugs work, gambling acts on the brain’s pleasure and reward system. Whether it’s playing a slot machine or engaging in a few rounds of poker, dopamine is released in the brain which gives the gambler a heightened sense of pleasure. While most people can enjoy a flutter and walk away, some can’t. This is when a bit of harmless fun has the danger of becoming a gambling addiction. People typically come into gambling rehab when their relationship with gambling has started to consume them and their day-to-day lives.

Some of the signs and symptoms of gambling addiction include:

  • Increased frequency and higher stakes in gambling
  • Irritation and restlessness when unable to gamble
  • Deception about gambling activities
  • Borrowing money and accruing debt
  • Preoccupation with gambling and planning
  • Jeopardizing relationships, work, or education
  • Unsuccessful attempts to quit gambling
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The Delamere approach to gambling addiction

An inpatient stay at Delamere is a deliberately intensive 4-phase gambling addiction treatment programme, one which we have crafted over time and has helped many participants recover. Our emphasis is on holistic care to treat addiction and associated issues. This means that we treat the whole person rather than just the symptoms they present with. We believe that successful treatment runs far deeper than simply stopping the addictive substance or behaviour.

Our approach at Delamere comprises 4 core phases: Stop, Start, Grow, & Bloom. Everything we offer at Delamere aims at effective and lasting outcomes in addiction treatment:

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    Stage 1: Stop

    This phase addresses any physical aspects of your addiction. Our medical team is on hand 24/7.

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    Stage 2: Start

    During ‘Start’ we help identify the psychological underpinnings of your dependency as you participate in a variety of addiction treatment therapies.

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    Stage 3: Grow

    Our ‘Grow’ phase is the process of integrating the Delamere learning experience into life after treatment.

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    Stage 4: Bloom

    Our ‘Bloom’ phase offers intensive support on a weekly basis for the first three months of recovery once guests return home.

Encouraging a loved one to seek treatment for gambling addiction

It can be difficult to get someone to accept they have a gambling problem. It helps to broach the subject from a place of concern, rather than judgement. People who are addicted to gambling can become defensive and aggressive when questioned about their actions. Some might attempt to tackle their gambling addiction alone, but most people will need professional gambling addiction treatment. 

If you are looking for help for a friend, working with someone, or living alongside someone who is displaying signs of gambling addiction, you’re not alone and we’re here to help. At Delamere, we provide family support services, helping your loved one confront addiction and get the help they need.

We also offer intervention services whereby we help prepare and rehearse a formal intervention that will culminate in your loved one entering treatment with us. If you are considering organising an intervention for your loved one, friend, or colleague, contact Delamere today.


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Frequently asked questions about gambling addiction treatment

How can gambling addiction be dangerous?

Compulsive gambling has far-reaching negative effects on a person’s finances, social life, work, and family relationships. If you or someone you love suffers from gambling addiction, it is important to intervene and get professional help. Leaving a problem untreated can make it much more serious and harder to resolve.

Contact us today to get the support you need.

What other addictions do you treat at Delamere?

Within our purpose-built rehab centre, we treat a wide range of addictions and associated issues. From help with alcohol addiction to cocaine addiction treatment, learn more about all of the addictions we treat by visiting our addiction treatment help page.

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