What is Gambling Addiction?
Gambling addiction – also known as compulsive gambling – is an impulse-control disorder. Those affected are often driven by the need to win back losses or experience the high that each bet brings. This can lead to the gambler taking bigger risks that only occasionally pay off, to the detriment of personal relationships, work, financial security and even their physical safety. In the modern age, widespread internet access makes gambling far easier. Users are able to gamble on a variety of devices, anywhere, anytime.
How Do You Know When Gambling is a Problem?
While some people can bet responsibly, others have no control over their urge to gamble. Gambling addiction can be identified by large amounts of time gambling and the negative consequences associated with it.
Some symptoms of gambling addiction include:
- Concealing the amount of time and money spent gambling.
- Getting into debt as a result of betting.
- Inability to control the impulsive urge to gamble.
- Decreased productivity at work or school.
- Strained relationships with family and friends.
- Co-occurring mental health issues, such as anxiety or depression.
How is Gambling Addiction Treated?
When people are in the throes of compulsive gambling, walking away from a losing streak can seem impossible. That’s why gambling addiction is best treated in the early stages, before patterns become deeply ingrained. Discussing concerns and symptoms with a therapist is an important first step in determining how to address gambling addiction.
As gambling is a process addiction, changing habits or patterns of behaviour, establishing effective stress management techniques and tackling the underlying causes of addiction are critical. It is also essential to develop relapse prevention skills, allowing those recovering from gambling addiction to leave inpatient or outpatient treatment and return to normal life, armed with the tools to remain free from addiction.
The Cabin in Chiang Mai:
Effective Confidential Treatment for Gambling Addiction
R12 at The Cabin provides gambling addiction treatment for LGBT+ clients. Our treatment programme is more successful than mainstream rehab because it addresses the specific challenges faced by the LGBT+ community. Plus, being surrounded by LGBT+ peers and identifying with common struggles will help you feel less isolated and provide a greater sense of belonging. Our R12 programme incorporates Western psychology and Eastern healing practices, tailored to your individual needs, using the ground-breaking treatment model pioneered by The Cabin.
Our residential treatment centre, part of The Cabin in Chiang Mai, offers clients an environment away from triggers and temptations so they can fully focus on their recovery. Premium villa accommodation in beautiful surroundings includes healthy cuisine, spacious gym and swimming pools, providing a home away from home.
Our specialist focuses on tackling the underlying reasons for addiction, as well as addressing the unique pressures and challenges faced by LGBT+. R12 programme curriculum is also ‘trauma-informed’, to help clients understand how any trauma – big or small – may have impacted their lives, as trauma is often linked to addiction.
Clients have access to various different types of therapy to ensure their individual needs are covered. All of our counsellors are Western-trained to the highest standard and we have a number of specialist ‘CSAT’ trained counsellors, who specialise in understanding and treating gambling addictions.