Gambling addiction, also known as compulsive gambling or gambling disorder, is characterized by a persistent and uncontrollable urge to gamble, despite negative consequences such as financial problems, relationship difficulties, and legal issues. It is a type of behavioral addiction that can have severe physical, mental, and social consequences.
Do you have an irresistible urge to gamble?
Do you gamble more than you intended to?
Do you have difficulty controlling or stopping your gambling?
Do you continue to gamble despite negative consequences such as financial problems, relationship difficulties, or legal issues?
Do you experience withdrawal symptoms when you stop gambling?
The causes of gambling addiction are not fully understood, but it is believed to be related to a combination of genetic, environmental, and psychological factors.
Factors such as stress, trauma, and mental health disorders may increase the risk of developing a gambling addiction.
Treatment for gambling addiction typically involves a combination of therapy, medication, and support groups.
Behavioral therapies such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and contingency management can help individuals to change their behavior and reduce their gambling.
Medications such as antidepressants and anti-anxiety medication may be used to help alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety that may be associated with gambling addiction.
Support groups such as Gamblers Anonymous can provide individuals with emotional and social support as they work towards recovery.
Gambling addiction is a serious and progressive disorder that can have severe physical, mental, and social consequences.
At Global Therapy Inc., our experienced therapists have the knowledge and expertise to help individuals struggling with gambling addiction to understand their addiction and develop strategies to manage their symptoms, and improve their overall well-being.
Book an appointment and start on your journey to better mental health.