Problem Gambling Therapy
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If you are living with a gambling problem, or have a family member who has a gambling problem, the first thing to know is that you are not alone. Over 3 million Americans struggle with Gambling Disorder.
For individuals who are ready to speak with someone about their problem gambling habit, kindbridge can connect you with a licenced therapist in as little as 24hrs.
For family members of someone with a gambling problem, it is important to know that recovery often starts with a parent, spouse or family member taking the first step towards intervention. Seeking the personal advice of a therapist is completely normal and recommended.
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Why do people gamble and why can’t they stop?
People start gambling for a variety of reasons. Here are some of the most common:
For entertainment and the thrill or good feeling that comes with winning.
It’s a novel and fun activity to do socially with friends.
The thrill or excitement associated with risky behavior.
For an escape from the pressures or anxieties of everyday life.
Reaping the financial rewards from a big win. Gambling is viewed as quick way to solve financial problems.
It’s a way to deal with the feelings of boredom or loneliness.
Some gamblers think they have advanced skills that others don’t have that gives them an edge.
Why people develop a problem gambling habit starts in the brain. When people gamble and win they feel euphoric. This euphoria comes from the reward center in the brain (Ventral Striatum) getting a rush of dopamine. The prefrontal cortex acts as a limitor that tells the brain to not endlessly chase the reward feeling.
Individuals who struggle with addictions tend to have limitors that don’t function as well as the average person’s does. The more gambling becomes a habit, the more difficult it becomes to stop. Negative patterns start to become more and more apparent such as financial stress, anxiety, depression, and the need to experience escape to get away from reality and emotional turmoil.
How do I know I have a gambling problem?
Some individuals don’t feel like they have a problem at all, where others recognize the problem, yet struggle to get things back under control. Since everyone is different, we’ve created a 2 minute test that might indicate you have a gambling habit that this a problem. For family members who think there is a problem, but aren’t clear about the signs, we’ve created a separate test for you as well.
Watch: Demystifying Therapy: Guide to treatment and why it works.
Many individuals are afraid of seeking help, and what it all means when they do. What am I admitting to? Will it work? What if I am a lost cause? But therapy is truly about uncovering the root cause of a problem, and taking steps towards regaining control of your life.
Attend: Gamblers Peer Support Group (Saturdays at 10am)
Meeting others who are living with a gambling problem can be a great and unintimidating way to see how counseling works.Learn More
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