Gambling

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Compulsive gambling arises out of an uncontrollable urge to experience the natural anticipation and thrill of making large bets and potentially gaining large returns. Even if the outcome is not always positive, some people will be so addicted that they end up driving themselves towards a financial crisis and possibly even poor health and well-being.

 

Gambling addiction is a form of impulse-control disorder where sufferers cannot control their urge to gamble – even when they are aware of the consequences and the hurt it may be causing themselves and their loved ones. They will be constantly seeking the natural high that comes with placing bets, and may often find themselves doing things they never thought they would, like stealing money to fund their habit. A gambling addiction becomes the sole focus of a person’s life – they think about it all the time and it is all they want to do, whether they are happy, depressed or broke. Ultimately, even when they know the odds are against them and even when they cannot afford to lose, people with gambling addiction will be unable to take their eye off the next bet.

 

Unfortunately, rather than confront their problem many people who compulsively gamble will go to great lengths to hide it. Reasons why may vary, but it is often out of fear and shame that their friends and family will discover how much they throw away on their habit. Failing to recognise and get help for a gambling problem can cause a lot of disruption and harm to the lives of the gambler and those around them. People with a gambling addiction will be under a lot of stress – constantly worrying about money – and may experience depression and anxiety. They may also face difficulties in their working life and relationships. Despite this, unlike other addictions such as alcohol or drug addiction, people who compulsively gamble will not have easily visible physical effects. This means you are unlikely to know someone has a gambling problem unless they tell you.

 

Every day people are given opportunities to gamble, but with the rise of the Internet gambling is now accessible in the comfort and privacy of our own homes. A gambling addiction can develop slowly and steadily, but there may be underlying reasons as to why some are more susceptible than others. Although some people with gambling addiction think they can stop when and if they want to, often this is not the case and professional support is needed to help them overcome their negative habits in order to build a healthier lifestyle and make better choices.

Our approach

Working Minds treatment for gambling addiction is centred mainly on Counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy which can help people to understand their addiction and learn new, sustainable ways of managing their urge to gamble

 

Each person will have their own unique gambling problem, and so treatment is tailored to ensure it meets the individual needs of each client. A key aspect that Counselling focuses on is the triggers of the addiction – what it is that compels people to compulsively gamble even when they are aware of the negative consequences. Understanding the reason behind gambling urges – whether it’s to numb unpleasant feelings, solve money problems, escape stress or simply out of boredom or loneliness – can help people to focus on healthier and more constructive ways of coping, without having to resort to gambling.

 

Cognitive behavioural therapy is ultimately designed to guide people through a process of change – helping them to rewire their thoughts and beliefs and encouraging them to aspire towards a future free from their addiction.  

 

Overcoming a gambling addiction can be a tough process, and extra support may be needed following Counselling to ensure the recovery is maintained. Treatment however – particularly Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – has proven highly successful in providing people with alternative means of dealing with their problems. It equips them with the necessary tools and support to reframe thoughts and behaviours for the long-term.



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What our clients have to say…

Russell W – New Volunteer

Over the course of the sessions I have had with Simon I have gone from someone who probably would not have been able to carry on for much longer the way that I was, to someone that is now looking forward to working and moving on with my life...

Russell W - New Volunteer

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2017-03-02T14:28:32+00:00

Russell W - New Volunteer

Over the course of the sessions I have had with Simon I have gone from someone who probably would not have been able to carry on for much longer the way that I was, to someone that is now looking forward to working and moving on with my life...

Ann B – Business Co-ordinator

I want to thank you for the valuable time you spent with me to achieve my career and life goals. I really appreciate the support and advice you gave me.

Ann B – Business Co-ordinator

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Ann B – Business Co-ordinator

I want to thank you for the valuable time you spent with me to achieve my career and life goals. I really appreciate the support and advice you gave me.
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