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Gambling Addiction Treatments

(Also Known As: Gambling Treatments, Gambling Problem Treatments, Gaming Treatments, Gaming Addiction Treatments, Addiction Treatments, Compulsion Treatments, Impulse Control Disorder Treatments)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What Kinds of Gambling Addiction Treatments are Available?

Gambling addiction is a treatable condition. The first stage of addiction treatment with gambling addiction is the recognition of the problem.7 The gambler should learn to admit that the problem exists as a step towards recovery. There are varieties of addiction treatment options for gambling addiction consisting of the following:

Psychotherapy – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

This addiction treatment is significant in the treatment of compulsive gambling since it focuses on changing the gambling thoughts and behavior while teaching gamblers to overcome the urge to gamble and remove false beliefs and replace it with healthier ones. Group therapy may be conducted where the gambler can find advice, support, and feedback from individuals having the same gambling addiction problem.

Medications

Medication is not an addiction treatment option; however it is a significant treatment option when gambling addiction is associated with depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and other mental disorders that are highly attributed to cause the compulsion of gambling. Mood stabilizers and antidepressants can help control emotional issues involved with pathological and compulsive gambling. Narcotics antagonists, which are also an adjunct pharmacological treatment with substance abuse, can also help in the gambling addiction treatment process.

Gamblers Anonymous and Support Groups

Gamblers Anonymous is a popular twelve-step recovery program that is patterned from Alcoholics Anonymous.8 Its 12 step model emphasizes the approach of mutual support that helps gamblers overcome their addiction to gambling in a non-judgmental environment where each member gives feedback and sharing of experiences and advice. Gamblers Anonymous posts on their website different meeting schedules and location with an International directory of places that might be near your locations.

Counseling and Support Groups

Counseling is usually delivered by professional counselors, psychologists, and social workers in order to hasten your treatment recovery from addiction. Support groups are also excellent resource for helping gamblers overcome their gambling addiction problem and perhaps any mental disorders that may be associated with it.

Could You Have Gambling Addiction?

Gambling Addiction Topics

Related Conditions

Alcohol Addiction – alcohol abuse, withdrawal, dipsomania, alcohol dependence, tolerance
Impulse Control Disorder – pathological gambling, compulsive gambling, obsessive-compulsive disorders.
Intermittent Explosive Disorder – extreme anger, uncontrolled rage, mood changes, sudden outbursts, impulsive behavior
Kleptomania – Urge to hoard things, inability to resist the urge to steal something, urge to commit theft, paranoia
Pyromania – impulsive desire to start fire to relieve tension, obtains self gratification after setting a fire, euphoria, psychosis