Gambling stimulates the brain’s reward center just like drugs and alcohol, and it is associated with dopamine release. Just like drugs and alcohol, tolerance can develop quickly, as you take riskier ventures and gamble larger sums of money for that elusive win. If your gambling has spiraled out of control, it is possible to regain your life free of addictive behaviors by seeking rehab treatment. Treatment for compulsive gambling is holistic and may include a combination of psychotherapy, medication, financial counseling, support groups, 12-step programs and self-help strategies.
Getting Help for Problem Gambling
Getting help for problem gambling can be difficult, especially if you can’t admit that you have a problem. If you have uncontrollable urges to play the lottery, gamble online, go to casinos or bet on sports online and your behavior has negative legal, financial or social consequences on your life, enrolling in a rehab program could be an important intervention that impacts you positively.
Some of the signs that indicate your gambling is out of control include:
- Avoiding work or other responsibilities in order to gamble
- Neglecting your bills and expenses
- Lying about the habit
- Borrowing or stealing money
- Selling your possessions
- Gambling to feel better
Casinos and betting platforms prey on gamblers’ weaknesses both online and offline in order to encourage unhealthy gambling patterns and habits. From the incentives they use to attract your attention, to the empty promises of winning big, to the environmental changes that casinos make to keep you inside, all of these are tactics that exploit addictive behaviors. Without a professional rehab intervention, you are at risk of staying stuck in a cycle that you don’t have the resources to get yourself out of.
About our Rehab Center
Our rehab center offers an inpatient program in a luxury environment where you will feel safe and comfortable no matter how turbulent your life might seem. Our rehab center is a safe haven to support your new future as you work through the challenges that have led you to this point.
Our support team is made up of addiction specialists, and many of our staff members have been through recovery themselves so they can relate to what you are going through. We can assist you with dual diagnosis and treatment for co-occurring disorders such as drug and alcohol addiction treatment and will provide the psycho-emotional support you need to forge a new future.
How We Treat Problem Gambling
Gambling is a compulsive behavior that is a symptom of an underlying issue. Some of the risk factors for compulsive gambling include mood disorders, alcohol and cocaine addictions, and schizophrenia. It is also common for compulsive gamblers to treat feelings of dissociation, trauma, loss or financial problems and stress through gambling. Treating the underlying need is one of the first steps we take for rehabilitating problem gambling.
Treatment for a gambling problem depends on you as an individual and may include a combination of approaches. Psychotherapy is used to identify your vulnerabilities and change patterns of thinking and behavior and has been proven to be more effective than medication. Some patients may benefit from medication including mood stabilizers, antidepressants and medication used for the treatment of addictions. Financial counseling and education is always an effective strategy to help you understand the consequences of problem gambling.
Therapeutic processes will help you to change the way you feel about gambling by exposing your behavior so that it no longer becomes unconscious. You will learn how to respond to stressful situations differently with your newly acquired skills.
The Compulsive Gambling Treatment Programme
Treating gambling comprehensively requires a combination of individual therapy, group therapy and alternative therapies so you can learn to enjoy life again. Up to 70% of people with a compulsive gambling problem also have a co-occurring psychiatric condition. Treatment for gambling addiction addresses risk factors and client education as the behavior is a culmination of vulnerabilities, social stressors and patterns of thinking.
Social support is an extremely important pillar of treatment and group sessions offer an invaluable way to learn and grow from other people. Having the support of a group of people to motivate and challenge you makes a significant difference in your treatment program. Other people in similar positions will share their triumphs and lessons and give you a chance to learn from them too.
You are a complex individual with lots of life experiences that have shaped who you are today. Understanding your behavior starts with some self-exploration and recognition of why you have developed addictive patterns. You will identify which areas of self development you need help with, and which skills you need to develop as well as how to manage cravings and urges.
Alternative therapies can teach you important skills to manage gambling cravings. Part of the rehab process requires you to learn how to let the moment or craving pass without acting on the urge. It also requires you to understand feelings of loneliness and boredom – when it is appropriate to reach out to someone for help or find an alternative activity to satisfy boredom. Remembering the consequences of compulsive gambling can empower you to resist the urge next time it occupies your thoughts.
Why Choose Us?
While providing clients with a beautiful, engaging and safe environment, we work with guests to appropriately adjust their addiction treatment plant. To meet their recovery goals, we offer a wide range of addiction therapy programs including finding the right treatment, residential treatment, outpatient treatment, encouraging sobriety, aftercare when treatment has been successfully completed.
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How Long Does Rehab Last for Gambling Addiction?
Gambling can be a difficult compulsion to treat, particularly if it has affected you for a long time or if you are going through the legal and financial consequences. Our shortest treatment program is 28 days, as the research indicates that longer treatment programs give you the best chance of success. We offer secondary treatment for clients who would like to stay in treatment for longer, and will tailor a treatment package based on your needs once we have been able to assess you.
Once you leave the comfort of our environment we can help you with reintegration into your home life, to help you cope with the triggers that might present challenges on your new life path. We will recommend support groups for you to join and 12-step programs to assist you with long term recovery.
Do You Need Help?
We offer initial assessment and advice via phone or contact form.
Why Choose United Recovery California for Compulsive Gambling Rehab?
We provide a safe and luxurious environment so you can focus on your healing and recovery, away from the triggers and stressors that may have contributed to your gambling addiction. Our dedicated staff will protect your confidentiality and offer emotional support throughout your stay.
It is quite common for clients with gambling addictions to present with co-occurring disorders, and our medical staff can assist with dual diagnosis treatment during your program. We offer a comprehensive treatment program that treats you as a holistic person and builds the skills you need for your new life path.
Long Term Recovery
It’s been reported that 80% of Americans gamble every year, and 3 to 5% of these people have a gambling problem. Many of these people turn to crime to support their addiction when it creates financial problems. By reaching out for professional help, you can treat your gambling problem early and improve your quality of life.
Addiction is a relapsing disease, which means that you need extended aftercare and support to facilitate long term recovery once you leave the rehab program. Joining support groups and participating in aftercare therapy will give you the extended care you need as you encounter new challenges in your day to day life. A support group gives you access to other members who are going through similar experiences, as well as different insights into how to address common problems.