Acquiesce Gambling Addiction Treatment Centre
Spending a little money from time-to-time on a bet, maybe referred to just having a ‘flutter’. However, this can very quickly spiral out of control. Without you being able to stop the growing addiction to gambling. Here at Acquiesce, we are dedicated to helping you fully recover from a gambling addiction.
Just as with substances like drugs and alcohol, gambling has an effect on people’s mental state. The risk often associated with gambling creates an adrenaline rush that can be addictive. Like other addictions, the tolerance increases over time, leading to more risky behaviour such as gambling more often and with greater amounts of money.
The motivations for gambling may begin innocently, or in an attempt to solve financial issues. A big win may feel good, although the dangers of losing large sums of money can quickly escalate into serious trouble which can create a cycle in an attempt to recover what has been lost. This also leads to the ability of being able to stop increasingly more difficult.
What starts as harmless fun can escalate into a problem quickly. Recognising a gambling problem may not always be obvious, as they come in different forms. More obvious gambling addictions include machines found in casinos and cards. However, lottery tickets and scratch cards are other forms of gambling.
Whilst most people dread to lose large amounts of money on betting, a compulsive gambler will often not give a second thought to spending double that. The problem spirals when even if they win - they then place those winnings into another bet to try and win more. This is the vicious cycle of a gambling addict.
Addiction can happen to anyone and there are different levels of gambling addictions. Recognising the warning signs can help you realise when it is time to seek help for yourself or others.
THE SIGNS OF A GAMBLING ADDICTION
One of the problems with a gambling addiction, it that it’s likely that the amount of money needed to feel excited increases over time, which leads to financial issues. Despite the financial consequences, gambling is an emotional addiction, rather than a financial one. Over time, the ability to control the desire to gamble is reduced as the urge to gamble increases.
Like other addictions, the signs that indicate it may be time to seek help for a gambling addiction include:
Hiding your gambling from others or lying
Being unable to resist the opportunity to gamble
Spending money you cannot afford
Loved ones are concerned
Irritability or anger when trying to stop
Previous unsuccessful attempts to stop
Using money belonging to others for gambling
Gambling addiction is not always measured by how much time an individual spends gambling, as it is common for people who are addicted to indulge in gambling binges where the financial and social repercussions are just as damaging. It is more reliable to measure when gambling is a problem by recognising when the individual is unable to stop gambling, and when the behaviour begins to have a negative impact on any area of life.
The Effects of a gambling addiction
Not only can a gambling addiction lead to serious financial problems, but it can also have a negative effect on mental and physical health, as well as jeopardising social and professional relationships. These changes in behaviour include:
Anxiety and depression
Noticeable weight gain or loss
Acne or pale skin
Relationships with loved ones suffer due to the prioritisation of gambling over important events.
Missing work to gamble
When to seek help for addiction
Gambling addiction occurs when the individual is unable to control their behaviour. As soon as gambling affects your personal and professional relationships or finances it is time to consider asking for help. If you are unable to stop when you want to, or you can recognise any of these changes in behaviour in yourself or anyone else, it may be time to seek help for your addiction.
Gambling addictions can also lead to other addictions used as a coping mechanism to deal with the stress, such as the reliance on alcohol or drugs to self-medicate. It is also possible that people who are susceptible to one type of addiction suffer a greater risk of developing others.
Once the problem has been recognised, it can be hard to admit the need for help. However, successfully overcoming gambling addiction is possible with the right treatment and support.
So, what can you do about gambling addiction?
To be able to recover from a gambling problem, help is needed from a team of dedicated health professionals.
The Acquiesce gambling addiction team are dedicated to delivering professional recovery from addiction.
It is common that people feel totally out of control with a gambling addiction. At Acquiesce, we approach this with psychological intervention, alongside friendly and professional support.
Here at Acquiesce, we have a team of dedicated professionals to help you recover from gambling addiction
What is a gambling addiction?
If you have an urge to gamble when you know that it is having negative effects on your personal life, either financially or in your relationships - this is a gambling addiction.
An addiction is often referred to as;
It is common behaviour of a gambling addict to chase a loss of gambled money, by betting more money. This is referred to as “chasing the loss” and can manifest into emotions such as stress, frantic behaviour and depression.
Problem Gambling Symptoms
Research has shown that risk taking leads to a natural dopamine high in the brain. Gambling has the element of risk, and therefore placing a bet releases the same dopamine response in the brain.
Because there are no initial symptoms of gambling addiction as there may be with other addictions. It can be difficult to spot that you or a someone you care for has a Gambling addiction early on. However, eventually a gambling addict will begin to show signs;
Typical signs of a gambling addiction may include;
Growing bet sizes to “chase the loss” or experience the thrill of gambling
Increased need of money or stealing money
Breakdown of relationships with close-ones
Denial of the gambling addiction
What causes gambling addiction?
There tends to be more underlying psychological issues with Gambling Addicts, without treating the underlying cause of Gambling Addictions - you cannot effectively treat the behaviour.
Filling an emotional gap, stress or psychological adrenaline rush are the common factors that can trigger a gambling addiction.
Getting help with a gambling addiction
Admitting that you have a gambling problem is the first big step to recovery. The next step is to seek help from professionals. We at Acquiesce are dedicated to help gambling addicts fully recover from their addiction.