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Gambling addiction is an impulse control disorder, where there is an inability to control the urge to gamble despite the harm it could potentially cause to your personal or family life. Regardless of whether the gambling involves online betting, scratch cards, live card games or visiting casinos, compulsive gamblers will continue to throw good money after bad, despite knowing that the odds are stacked against them. The results of running huge debts can be catastrophic, disrupting life at every level. It is also fair to say that not every betting company has your best interests at heart and can provide encouragement to gamble further even though they are aware of that the sums you are gambling are probably unsustainable.
If you suspect you, or someone close to you, has a gambling problem, then it is vital to seek professional help quickly.
Parallels can be drawn between the way in which drugs and alcohol can stimulate the feeling of reward felt by the user, and the way in which gambling can be felt to be rewarding, beyond the financial aspects. The belief that you can win back previous losses becomes all consuming, and the increasingly frantic attempts to do so draw the gambler deeper into the downward spiral. Signs of gambling addiction include:
Whether you are in the early stages of gambling addiction or well down the line and feel powerless to prevent things getting worse, it is not too late to turn to professional help in order to regain control over your life and repair the damage done to your family and finances.
There is often no single determining factor as to why a person becomes a gambling addict, but there are some elements that increase the likelihood of addiction, such as having psychological problems like, or being addicted to drugs or alcohol. Here are some of the common causes of gambling addiction:
~ A desire to meet the challenge of ‘beating the odds’ and enjoying the adrenalin rush that comes with it
~ As a last resort in tackling financial problems
~ As a way of escaping feelings of loneliness
~ A family history of addiction
~ A history of substance abuse
~ Exposure to gambling at an early age
~ The desire to escape painful memories or current social difficulties
At Delamere, our aim is to help our guests understand the core reasons behind their gambling addiction, which can vary widely but all lead to distress and a sense that their life has gone out of control. Taking the initial step of requesting professional help is daunting in itself, but our specialists and therapists will soon put you at your ease and work with you to agree the best way forward in addressing your personal gambling issues. It’s your story that we are interested in, and our programmes are geared towards ensuring a positive outcome
Gambling addiction always has a catalyst, and working through this with the right help is where real, lasting progress is to be found. To begin the process we offer a free initial gambling addiction assessment with one of our counsellors during which you can discuss your situation in confidence, ask any questions that you might have on the gambling addiction treatment process, and begin to develop an understanding of how you can escape the downward spiral. During your stay you will work with your dedicated therapist on a one-to-one basis and also with expert facilitators in a group setting. You can expect a wide range of activities and therapies which help you really heal and re-set your goals. We offer a mix of traditional and evidence-based therapies, enhanced by innovative treatments, to make your experience uniquely effective and ensure that you receive on-going support to prevent any slide back into gambling ways.
If you are worried that gambling addiction has become a problem in your life, or in the life of someone you care about contact our team for a free assessment.
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