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About Gambling Addiction
There’s no doubt that gambling addiction is just as powerful and as harmful as addiction to drugs of abuse like cocaine or heroin. Gambling can rob your life, eliminate your savings, force your family members away and may lead to suicidal thoughts and ideation.
If you are currently suffering from gambling addiction, you can call Sober Freedom at any time, night or day, 24/7 at 866.434.2630. Our staff members are available to you so you can learn more about recovering from gambling addiction, your options and how we can help you get to treatment.
Signs of Gambling Addiction/Compulsive Gambling
Many people think that a compulsive gambler is someone that must gamble every day and is someone that gambles everything they have or more. This is not the case. Many compulsive gamblers engage in gambling when they feel depressed, experience anxiety or when they experience feelings of inadequacy. As such, compulsive gambling is not something that happens every day.
Some common signs that you may have a gambling problem are: gambling with money that isn’t yours, sneaking around family and significant others to gamble, gambling even though you know you will lose, gambling with money set aside for other things, the inability to stop gambling once you’ve started and experiencing problems with work, family or finances due to gambling.
Does Treatment Work?
There are a wide variety of treatment options for people that suffer from gambling addiction. Treatment does work but the person suffering from gambling addiction needs to stay committed to their treatment program and learn new coping skills to live a life without gambling.
For Family & Friends
It’s hard for many to understand how to deal with gambling addiction. On the face of it, gambling isn’t like drug and alcohol addiction but the effects are just as difficult to deal with. Gambling addiction, like many other forms of addiction, maintains its roots in impulse control. Compulsive gamblers are unable to resist the impulse to gamble just like many people that are psychologically addicted to drugs are unable to control their impulse to use. The bottom line is that compulsive gamblers need treatment to deal with impulse control and they need to learn to recognize the triggers that set them down the path towards gambling.
For many people with addictions, as with gambling, depression often plays a role in their problems. What’s important to recognize about people with gambling problems is that their behavior, i.e. gambling, may cause them a great deal of harm, but it is not the root problem per se. Inpatient and outpatient treatment for gambling addiction addresses co-existing, contributing factors to help the compulsive gambler get the attention they deserve.
The first step towards recovering from gambling addiction is to recognize you have a problem and then take action and ask for help. Sober Freedom maintains a 24 hour hotline for people suffering from gambling addiction. Call us at 866.434.2630 to learn more about treatment options. Treatment for compulsive gambling can be treated in a local, outpatient facility. Others may want to get inpatient treatment and Sober Freedom can help you find the best possible treatment program given your needs.
Paying for Treatment
We feel the last thing on someone’s mind should be money when dealing with addiction. The staff at Sober Freedom will help you determine the best way to pay for treatment. If you have insurance, chances are we can help you find treatment easily. If you don’t have insurance, we can work with you to find the best possible solution. We also offer convenient financing plans and you do not need stellar credit to qualify.
Take the First Step towards Recovery
The first step towards recovery begins with you. If you’ve found your way to our website and you’re suffering from addiction, chances are you know you need help. Give us a call at 866.434.2630 and we’ll help you get the treatment you deserve.