Gambling addiction is the most common form of behavioral addiction. Also, it is the only one listed within the DSM-IV (Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders). Only a recent addition in the DSM-IV, gambling addiction has been a societal problem for many decades.
- Betting on the outcome of horse races and other sports
- Casino gaming like poker, craps, roulette, and slot machines
- Lottery and scratch tickets
- Internet gambling
Someone addicted to gambling does not usually become an addict his or her first time to engage in gaming. Like all addictions, even for compulsive gamblers, gambling addiction is a progressive disorder. It starts with the recreational activity and progresses to pathological (or problem) gambling. Of course, engaging in this behavior repeatedly can quickly become a compulsive behavior or addiction.
You Can Get Help for Gambling Addiction
As with any other addiction, there are often underlying issues that either cause or exacerbate the addictive behaviors. At A Forever Recovery, we work with each client to get to the root of what creates the patterns of destructive behavior. With an open-ended program, we ensure that each graduate of our rehabilitation program has defined and accomplished the goals required to sustain recovery from gambling addiction. Some of these goals through cognitive behavioral therapy involve awareness of troubled people and situations, self-esteem, empowerment, and other skills necessary to solve problems and avoid emotional states that can trigger a relapse.
Gambling is one of many addictions that have devastating effects on the lives of addicts and their loved ones. The criteria for identifying a pathological gambler is very similar to that of a drug addict or alcoholic. As a result of its nature, the signs of addiction to anything can be applied to each of the criteria for pathological gambling.
If you or a loved one are suffering from gambling addiction, call us now at our toll-free number to speak with a trained counselor. We can develop an individualized treatment plan to heal the mind, body, and spirit. You can return to a life of sustained recovery, happiness, and health. Don’t suffer alone; we can help. Call now!