Maybe your gambling began as an innocent bit of fun with friends, or maybe you wanted to make a bit of quick cash to help pay the bills. No matter who you are, how you first started gambling or how much money you have, anyone can become addicted to gambling.
Over four billion people gamble at least once in their life, and more than one and a half billion people gamble each year (an estimated 2 million of those are either problem gamblers or at risk of developing an addiction according to the industry regulator, The Gambling Commission.)
3.6 million people have reported that they have been negatively affected by someone else’s gambling problem, so if you or your loved one is struggling with a gambling addiction, keep reading to find out how you can get help.
The Signs of a Gambling Addiction
Contrary to the popular misconception, despite the financial consequences of gambling, it is in fact an emotional addiction rather than a financial one. As the ability to control the desire to gamble reduces over time, the urge to gamble increases. Some signs that you or someone you know may be suffering from a gambling addiction are:
- Hiding gambling from others
- Lying or being secretive
- Spending money you cannot afford
- Loved ones are concerned
- Irritability or anger when trying to stop
- Previous unsuccessful attempts to stop
- Borrowing or stealing money belonging to others for gambling
Unfortunately, not only can a gambling addiction take its toll financially, but it can also cause a great strain on your mental health, relationships and work. Some of these strains can include:
- Anxiety and depression
- Suicidal thoughts
- Sleep deprivation
- Noticeable weight gain or loss
- Acne or pale skin
- Relationships with loved ones suffer due to prioritisation of gambling over important events
- Missing work to gamble
How to Get Help with a Gambling Addiction
At Acquiesce, we understand that gambling addictions can also lead to other addictions used as a coping mechanism to deal with the stress, such as a reliance on alcohol or drugs to self medicate. Once you have recognised a problem, it can be hard to admit the need for help. It is common for people to feel ashamed or guilty for the strain they have put on their families, which is why we offer a totally anonymous and judgement free service to help you recover.
We approach the addiction with psychological intervention alongside friendly and professional support. We realise that gambling is often a symptom of what the individual is using as a solution to the root issue they may be experiencing. Individuals in the 12 step programmes attend meetings where they are able to identify and connect with others who have or are experiencing the same issues. We also use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in order to identify the trigger of the addiction and teach you how to confront it and maintain your recovery in an urban environment, so a long term success is more likely.
Our range of programmes were designed to suit your lifestyle and responsibilities. We know that many people suffering with addictions still have family commitments and responsibilities that mean they cannot be in full residential rehabilitation.
For those people wishing to get help with detoxing without entering a residential rehabilitation programme, the detox programme facilitates the safe removal of substances from the body and manages the withdrawal symptoms. This is a very useful programme, as going cold turkey with no help can be dangerous for those who have become reliant on a substance to function and may result in withdrawal symptoms such as seizures, which can be fatal without the right kind of help. Detox is the first step to recovery for those suffering with substance abuse.
At Acquiesce we understand that alcohol, drugs and gambling are a method of coping with negative experiences or feelings. Our residential rehabilitation programme targets the root issue by offering a combination package that includes the 12 steps to recovery, and cognitive behavioural therapy based approaches. This type of treatment offers a recovery focused code of behaviour in which to live by whilst teaching new skills and offering resources that help to treat the addiction in day to day life on a practical level.
Whilst we hope you will complete the full programme, you are never forced to stay or made to feel like you are trapped. We do everything in our power to make rehabilitation as calm and enjoyable as possible. Our social and leisure activities allow you to have fun during your rehabilitation, though there is no pressure to participate as we understand that socialising can often be daunting for those in their early stages of recovery.
If you have personal commitments that mean you cannot dedicate all of your time to our residential rehab programme, you may wish to consider our dayhab addiction programme.
This programme is flexible to accommodate you, including your commitments such as childcare, business etc… We plan around your individual circumstances to ensure there is less pressure on top of your recovery.
This programme is non-residential and offers local treatment, allowing you to build your way to recovering in your hometown which can be very beneficial to support long term results. This means you can spend the majority of your recovery at home and only need to attend for the necessary steps required to recover. In 5-7 weeks, you will have weekly 1-1 sessions with your Practitioner, an introduction to 12 steps and many more approaches that you can find here. A full assessment and aftercare package is included, making sure you have the right resources to continue your recovery after the programme.
Although the standard Dayhab treatment is between 09:30 and 16:00, from 5 to 7 days a week, you can discuss and agree your commitment with a Recovery Practitioner before the treatment starts.
For any further information on the programmes we provide, or how we can help you further, get in touch with us today. Either give us a call on 01204 771940, or request a callback at a time that suits you.