Gambling Addictions - How to Overcome

Gambling Addiction

If you have a gambling addiction, you are not alone. There are millions of men, woman, and teens who are in the same boat. The casinos make billions of dollars each year off people who have this compulsion. This favorite pass time is legal, so if you are to overcome, you will have to make the decision to stop. When your life is consumed by the game of chance, or you have lost jobs, homes, or relationships because of it; you need to get help!

An addiction is, a compulsion need to use a substance or an activity, to ease emotional distress or change an emotional state of being.

Statistics tell us that in America, almost 3 million adults have this problem. There are a growing number of women added to this number, and now 50% of people who gamble are women. Addiction destroys lives and destroys families. Addiction is a way of escape and a way to medication situations that people can not or do not want to face.

Gambling Addiction
Gambling Addiction

The Process of Addiction

This problem may start as innocently as, going to Vegas with some friends for a week-end of fun. For some people, the feeling of power and excitement felt by unexpectedly winning money, is exhilarating. Until you lose all your money and have to return home broke.

This "high" can lead to an uncontrollable need to try your luck or beat the odds, until it becomes a vicious cycle. Addiction develops and progresses, as the activity or substance is repeatedly used as an escape or order to feel "better".

This compulsive behavior can bring devastation and heartache to the lives of the person, and their families. A compulsive gambler will do anything they have to to feed their addiction, much like a drug addict. This many times leads to stealing, embezzling money from their jobs or wiping out the family bank account.

Getting Help for Gambliing Addictions

Often a person with this obsession, must hit bottom, by losing family, friends, job or their freedom, before they are ready to admit they need help.

This is not to be seen as an ending or things, but a beginning of restoration.

Once the addict is ready to get help for their addiction, there are many options available to them.

Ultimate success in recovery will lay in the commitment of the addict to get well.

True recovery is possible when the addict themselves reaches out for help, rather than being in a situation that restrains them from using.

The saying you can take a horse to water, but you can't make him drink is a true say.


Treaments used for Gambling Addiction

Family therapy is necessary because, a gambling addiction always disrupts the family dynamic especially if the person with the problem is also the head of the home. Family members are a great means of support for the addict. Family counseling helps family members play a positive role in the addicts recovery. Family members also learn to recognize enabling behavior, that help their ones to continue their negative behavior.

Gambling compulsion, can be treated with medications, such as anti-depressants, or re-uptake inhibitors. These medication have had great success with treating addictions by repression compulsive yearnings or to be involved in risky behavior. Inpatient treatment can be very expensive if you do not have health insurance. Gamblers Anonymous substance abuse centers that will treat patients receiving medicaid.

Gamblers Anonymous

Gamblers Anonymous, is a place of support and accountability, where the addicts sobriety is reinforced with symbolic tokens. It is an inexpensive resource, to help the gambling addict get help, in an non-judgmental environment of their peers.

Cognitive therapy can help uncover negative behavioral and emotional patterns that play a getting better. A plan of treatment, such as behavior modification and developing coping skills can be developed to help the addict break addiction triggering patterns, such as anger, stress or failure.

In group therapy you may feel less threatened being among their peers, leading to a open and be honest exchange. Members of the group, will also point out negative patters the addict may not be aware of or is in denial about.


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2besure 3 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina Author

OK Big you!

Big Sexy 3 years ago

Idont care what yall say . I absolutely love the casino! Nothing better!

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2besure 4 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina Author

Trish, I am so sorry you have a gambling addiction. I encourage you to seek help. There is help for addiction. I am living proof!

Trish 4 years ago

I probably will die like this. Playing video poker has such a hold on me. It sucks to be me.

Trish 4 years ago

I have a very bad gambling problem i don't want to die like this.

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2besure 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina Author

I love this picture too. No I did not take this one.

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Youngcurves19 6 years ago from Hawaii

I know some people with this problem its sad to watch! GREAT pic(first one) u take it?

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BJBenson 6 years ago from USA

I knew someone who had this problem as I was a child. He died a poor man.

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