Data finds that 90% of problem gamblers relapse. This is a concerning statistic for individuals who have undertaken (or desire) treatment and therapy. Of course, this is not a figure that can be applied to the entire problem gambler population. For some demographics, the number is significantly lower, while others drive the percentage into the upper echelon. Before a truly effective gambling relapse prevention plan can be put into place, it’s important for you to understand your particular risk of relapse. Let’s review.
5 Risk Factors that May Increase the Odds of a Gambling Problem Relapse (and what you can do about it)
It’s widely believed that individuals with lower socioeconomic status may experience greater financial consequences from gambling because they gamble a larger proportion of their income than those within a higher bracket. But does income status also drive the risk of gambling disorder and post-recovery relapse? Studies find that for all race/ethnicity groups combined, being in the low income group was associated with significantly increased odds of gambling disorder compared to those in the high income group. Subsequently, data shows that one’s risk of relapse may also increase with lower income classification.
By providing counseling in a virtual environment, Kindbrdge is able to offer help to lower income groups. Our relapse prevention group sessions make access more affordable. Moreover, you may also qualify for gambling disorder coverage via your insurance, which lowers the overall cost of relapse rehab.
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Race and Ethnicity
Research is limited when it comes to other underlying risk factors by racial/ethnic differences in gambling disorder and relapse prevalence. However, inequalities in black and hispanic poverty rates in the USA persist despite recent improvements. Given that data shows low income status is positively related to the risk of gambling disorder and relapse, it can be inferred that a positive relationship also exists for black and hispanic populations, even if indirectly so. There are also cultural undertones to examine, as gambling may be considered more acceptable in certain ethnic communities:
“The prevalence of disordered gambling, but not its onset or course of symptoms, varies by racial and ethnic group. These varying prevalence rates may reflect, at least in part, cultural differences in gambling and its acceptability and accessibility. These data may inform the need for targeted prevention strategies for high-risk racial and ethnic groups.”National Library of Medicine
Another study suggests that when compared against other racial-ethnic groups, young adult African-American recreational gamblers may experience greater levels of subsyndromal gambling.
To reiterate, future research is required to make definitive statements about the risk of gambling relapse based upon race/ethnicity. That said, there is enough data to draw conclusions that some may exhibit elevated risk. In providing virtual therapy to the entire United States, Kindbridge is able to reach all communities in the country, ensuring equal access to a gambling relapse prevention plan.
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A number of studies have found that individuals with gambling disorder who also report alcohol or drug abuse have an increased probability of experiencing gambling relapses. If you continue to struggle with substance abuse, and you’re concerned about falling back into problem gambling, seek immediate help.
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Although previous research reports no differences in gambling relapse rates between single and married or cohabiting couples, it is proposed that support of a family member may increase the likelihood of remaining in therapy and lead to better treatment outcomes. This is one of the reasons that Kindbridge offers gambling addiction family support (single family basis) in addition to group sessions for families.
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Geographical Access to Resources
Limited “access to resources” is typically related to income status, but it can also be taken in a literal sense. A large number of populations throughout the United States live in communities which have limited to no physical access to behavioral health services, much less gambling disorder treatment. For instance, in the state of New Jersey, nearly 40,000 residents live in a community that does not have adequate access to mental health professionals. In Nevada, the number is more shocking, at 80% of residents. The numbers vary from state to state, with each carrying respective levels of risk of relapse. This too has called Kindbridge to duty. We offer virtual therapy to the entire USA so that there are no geographical barriers to getting the sustainable help you need.
Reduce the risk of gambling relapse. Your prevention plan begins with one phone call or email to Kindbridge Behavioral Health Services.
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