Compulsive gambling, or gambling addiction, is the uncontrollable urge to continue gambling despite its ruinous effects. This is because gambling stimulates the brain’s reward system in much the same way as alcohol or drugs, leading to an addiction. Freeman House Recovery can provide support, guidance, and treatment to help you overcome your gambling addiction.
What is gambling addiction?
Gambling addiction, also known as compulsive gambling, is a type of impulse-control disorder. Compulsive gamblers can’t control their need to gamble, even when they know it’s harmful. Gambling becomes an addiction when it involves persistent and repeated behaviour despite harmful consequences or a desire to stop. It can ruin finances, destroy families and cause a person to lose their job, home or possessions.
Signs and Symptoms of Gambling Addiction
The signs and symptoms of gambling addiction can vary from person to person. Some common signs and symptoms include:
- Preoccupation with gambling.
- To get the same thrill, you must gamble with increasing amounts of money.
- Feeling restless or irritable when trying to cut down or stop gambling.
- Having thoughts about suicide or self-harm because of gambling.
If you’re experiencing any of these signs and symptoms, it’s important to seek help as soon as possible. Gambling addiction can be hard to get over on your own, but you can get better with help and treatment.
Treating Gambling Addiction
At Freeman House Recovery, we understand how difficult it can be to overcome gambling addiction. That’s why we offer a variety of treatment options to meet your needs. Our treatment programmes are designed to help you overcome your addiction and build a foundation for long-term recovery.
We offer both inpatient and outpatient treatment, so you can choose the level of care that’s right for you. We also offer a variety of therapies, such as cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), which can help you learn new skills to manage your addiction. If you’re ready to take the first step on the road to recovery, contact us today.