Understanding Gambling Addiction
Gambling addiction, also known as pathological gambling or gambling disorder, is a type of behavioral addiction characterized by compulsive gambling despite negative consequences. People with gambling addiction may experience financial problems, relationship issues, and even legal troubles due to their gambling behavior.
Common ways of gambling may include casino games, sports betting, lottery games, and illegal gambling, among others.
Gambling addiction is considered a mental health disorder and can be diagnosed and treated by mental health professionals. Some of the signs and symptoms of gambling addiction include: increasingly larger bets over time; preoccupation with gambling; trying to win back lost money by gambling more; lying to loved ones about gambling behavior; neglecting responsibilities and relationships due to gambling; chasing losses to the point of financial ruin.
It is important to note that while not everyone who engages in these activities will develop a gambling addiction, these activities have the potential to become problematic for some individuals. It is also worth noting that gambling addiction is a complex disorder that can manifest differently for each individual, and the type of gambling activity involved may not necessarily be the primary cause of the addiction.
At Comeback Care, our approach to gambling addiction treatment involves getting to the root cause of the disorder. Our team of experienced professionals recognizes that gambling addiction is a complex disorder that can be influenced by various factors, including psychological, environmental, and genetic factors. Therefore, we work with each individual to identify the underlying issues that may be contributing to their addiction through individual, group and family psychotherapy.
What are the Causes and Risk Factors?
The causes of gambling addiction are not fully understood, but research suggests that a combination of genetic, environmental, and psychological factors may contribute to the development of the disorder. Some of the risk factors for gambling addiction include:
Here are some common risk factors for AUD:
People with a family history of gambling or other addictions may be more likely to have a gambling disorder. Exposure to gambling at a young age may also be a risk factor.
Mental Health Conditions:
Individuals with mental health disorders, such as depression or anxiety, may be at an increased risk for developing gambling disorders as a way to cope with their symptoms.
Impulsivity and Sensation-Seeking Behavior:
Individuals with addiction issues may be more likely to engage in risky behaviors like gambling to satisfy their cravings for stimulation or escape.
Substance Use or Addiction:
Individuals with SUDs are more likely to engage in impulsive and risky behaviors, and gambling may provide a similar level of excitement and stimulation as substance use
If you recognize any of these signs or are concerned about someone struggling with gambling addiction, seeking professional help is vital. Comeback Care offers outpatient treatment programs that address the psychological and emotional aspects of addiction. These programs equip patients with coping mechanisms and strategies to manage triggers and cravings effectively.
Gambling Addiction Treatment
At Comeback Care, we understand the devastating impact that this addiction can have on a person’s life. That’s why we offer specialized outpatient addiction recovery programs that cater to the unique needs of individuals struggling with gambling disorder. Our evidence-based treatment approaches aim to help clients overcome the challenges of gambling addiction and restore balance to their lives.
When you seek treatment with us, we’ll help you determine which program best fits your needs. Our programs include:
All programs include access to:
Partial Hospitalization Program: Our PHP is an outpatient option that provides daily counseling sessions and various therapeutic services. Participants in our PHP receive over 20 hours of clinical programming each week to support their recovery.
Outpatient Program: Our outpatient program is a less intensive form of treatment that includes individual and group therapy sessions. Participants have access to clinical programming for 5-6 hours per week to receive the support they need to achieve sustainable recovery.
At Comeback Care, we have a team of skilled counselors who are committed to delivering exceptional care to assist you in conquering your gambling addiction. With our evidence-based therapies, personalized treatment plans, and ongoing support, we’re here to help you achieve long-term recovery. Contact us today to learn more about our outpatient treatment programs.