Gambling Addiction

So how can our on-line therapy sessions help ?  One of the most effective therapy types which shows good results via on-line counselling sessions is a form of therapy called Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). It is a commonly used form of therapy for treating a wide range of addictive behaviours as well as many other mental health conditions. Its basic aim is to help clients explore, understand and change how they think about events in life and learn how to replace negative thoughts with positive ones.  It is these negative patterns which leads us into temptations to resort to something that gives us instant pleasure, thus avoiding the perceived pain of the here and now. However, when unhealthy coping strategies such as gambling are used we find ourselves locked in a cycle of behaviour which we have unwittingly developed to avoid confronting difficult situations.

Gambling addiction can drain finances, ruin professional and personal relationships and can even lead to criminal behaviour to cover up financial losses. The extent of people known to suffer from some form of gambling addiction is huge and it is currently estimated that 1.4 million people have a gambling addiction in the UK and up to 20 million in the USA. With the use of seductive imagery combined with the allure of getting something for nothing, it might come as no surprise that the Las Vegas casino industry earns upwards of 9 billion US dollars each year, which works out to about $25 million dollars a day.

Gambling addiction can include any number of recognized gambling mediums such as casinos, lotteries, scratch cards, horse racing, football or just about anything where the known outcome is uncertain. More recent additions to the gamblers preserve of addictions is the highly leveraged world of Investment Trading, accessible to millions via online trading Apps allowing access to Exchange Traded Funds (ETF’s)

Just like many other forms of addiction the propensity to gamble may have its roots in substituting feelings of pain or depressive negative thoughts with those of happiness and pleasure. After all the gambler will have already experienced the pleasure and euphoric highs of winning money. In time as their gambling continues this experience is implanted in their subconscious and the thought of winning again coupled with that pleasurable experience and high, drives the gambler to try again and again to repeat the effect. Sometimes they win but in the vast majority of cases they will all eventually loose.

Gamblers often share the same patters summarised below: -

  • A need to gamble amounts way beyond what they can afford to lose.
  • A need to increase the amounts they bet to gain the same feeling of pleasure
  • Chasing a losing streak by trying to win the losses back
  • Resorting to selling personal and treasured items to generate cash to pursue their gambling habit and win.
  • Lying and concealing their gambling habit
  • Getting into more and more financial problems
  • Stealing to support their habit and cover up their losses

Some of these patterns once recognized will often cause the gambler to identify that they have a gambling addiction, this is probably their first of many opportunities to seek help.

Here at Addictions Away, we specialise in providing effective and lasting therapy designed to free our clients from their destructive addictive habits. Many forms of addiction often have their roots set in significant past events such as a physical or mental trauma. We employ a variety of therapeutic techniques designed to help identify these underlying causes which allows us to utilise the most appropriate form of therapy tailored to meet the unique needs of each client. Throughout the entire journey to recovery our fully qualified and registered therapist works closely with the client to ensure that the best possible outcome is achieved. We offer confidential on-line and in person therapy services regulated by The British Standards Authority provided at one of our therapy suites located throughout North Wales and Cheshire. 

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