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Gambling addiction is a progressive brain disorder that manifests in the same way as a substance addiction. A person who is addicted to gambling will continue to gamble despite adverse consequences, display lack of self-control and compulsive engagement in gambling and will develop intense cravings to continue the destructive behaviour.
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.
Compulsive gambling has far-reaching negative effects on a person’s finances, social life, work and family relationships. When someone is addicted to gambling, it completely consumes them, and they will find it impossible to stop. 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.
At Delamere, we can help you to regain control whatever the cause of your gambling addiction. Our team of holistic experts will identify the reason for your compulsive gambling disorder on a comprehensive residential rehab programme and develop a future-proof plan to overcome your addictive behaviour.
If you need help with gambling addiction, contact our team today and learn more about the different programmes we offer here at Delamere.
Casinos, betting shops, scratch cards, bingo. People can be addicted to many different types of gambling but usually obsessively focus on one. Someone with a gambling problem will need to engage in their chosen activity more often to achieve the same rewards and will be powerless to stop gambling despite the destructive effects on all aspects of their life. If you recognise any of the following signs and symptoms of gambling addiction in yourself or someone else, seek professional help immediately:
Needing to gamble more often and with higher amounts of money
Irritation and restlessness when prevented from gambling
Lying about or hiding gambling from friends and family
Borrowing money and getting into increasing debt
Frequently thinking about gambling and planning the next fix
Risking relationships, work or education opportunities
Repeatedly trying, yet failing, to quit gambling
These signs indicate a serious condition which requires medical intervention from trained psychologists and addiction experts.
Financial difficulty is an obvious, and unavoidable, product of gambling addiction. However, the stress, regret and guilt that comes with compulsive gambling can also cause serious emotional disorders. These feelings can build up over time leading to anxiety and depression as well as behavioural problems such as irritability, low self-esteem, extreme reactions or lack of self-control. This is because the neural pathways that control decision-making, impulses and cognition are weakened as the addiction develops.
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 treatment. Gambling disorders have a serious effect on a person’s brain and therefore often require psychological assessment and intensive therapy, such as cognitive behaviour treatment (CBT) and one-to-one therapy, group or family counselling sessions.
Medication, such as antidepressants and anti-anxiety tablets, are also available to treat some of the psychological impact of gambling addiction. What works for one person, will be different for another, which is why an individualised residential rehab programme from a recognised addiction specialist is the best way to tackle addictive behaviour.
At our residential retreat in Cheshire, Delamere has a team of holistic therapists who offer healing techniques for people who suffer from problem gambling. We help our guests to understand the root cause of their gambling addiction and develop the tools and strategies that not only prevent relapse but allow them to live life free from the constraints of gambling.
Our approach is person-centred. Our multidisciplinary team of holistic therapists will design a residential rehab programme around your specific needs, whether they are physical, psychological or emotional. You will have a challenging and inspiring journey here which combines the latest evidence-based therapeutic techniques with unique somatic experiences to completely transform your life.
Settle into your new environment
and remove yourself from
Spend time with our therapists to discover what led you to this behaviour in the first placeDelamere Treatment Model
Set healthy boundaries,
exciting new goals and prepare for
life after Delamere
We believe that whatever the reason for gambling addiction – whether from a recent stressful event or past trauma- it has to start somewhere. Rather than adhering to the conventional step-based programmes, we look at underlying factors that drive your behaviour. Only by recognising how you arrived at this point can you begin to positively shape your future.
Stopping the cycle of addiction safely and comfortably
Healing whatever pain is causing the behaviour
Instilling tools to help facilitate change and encourage continued growth
Everything we do here is about outcomes. Focusing on getting you back to yourself again in the short term, but then growing beyond that when you leave Delamere. Helping you create the foundations for long-term recovery and growth.
There’s no one-size-fits-all here. We listen, learn and tailor our programmes to meet your personal needs, whatever they may be. Your journey to recovery is yours, so we design our programmes with you in mind.
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If a friend, family member or work colleague is addicted to gambling, it’s important they get help.
Our admissions team is on hand 24/7 to help answer any questions about our therapeutic programmes and make sure your loved one gets the support they need.
Call the team today on 0330 111 2015 to discuss the different options available.
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