Gambling Addiction Treatment
Drawn to the excitement generated by the possibility of a big win, these men and women gamble beyond their financial means and often ignore family members and friends in pursuit of their addiction. In the most serious cases, winning isn’t even the end goal; the excitement of playing is. The worst problem gamblers will play until all of their money is gone. Even if they win a jackpot during their play that gets them level with what they’ve already lost, they’ll continue to play until that jackpot is gone too.
The Other Signs
Problem gambling has many signs and symptoms other than just running out of money and having poorer relationships with friends and family. Learn to see the signs in not only others but also yourself. Here is a partial list of what problem gamblers will do or experience:
- Chase money they’ve already lost
- Believe they can influence games of chance through impossible means
- Become completely preoccupied with gambling
- Begin lying to cover up their gambling
- Suffer mood swings and hopelessness
- Start stealing money to support the habit
- Deny the problem
The last two are the most dangerous. Stealing leads to incarceration. Denying the problem prevents others from helping you. It is most crucial to admit you have a problem before getting gambling addiction help.
Where to Turn?
There are many ways to get started. There are helplines, emergency numbers, face-to-face counseling, and the outpatient clinic run by the National Health Service. These are all worthy services in their own right and are always a good place to start. Even if you find yourself penniless and broken down on Carey Street, calling an emergency number to speak someone who both cares and understands your predicament can be helpful. To avail yourself of the services at the NHS clinic, you must be referred. You can, however, refer yourself. Contact the NHS clinic to find out more. Once you’ve gotten started, you might only need a few counseling sessions or phone calls to get back on track and settle your gambling problem. If you need more intensive help and therapy than that, then you should turn to one of the top four residential gambling support programs in the United Kingdom.
The Gordon Moody Association
The Gordon Moody Association was founded in 1971 in an effort to help problem gamblers with the most serious addictions overcome them. Unlike other programs, The Gordon Moody Association focuses exclusively on gambling and its idiosyncrasies, although they also handle any accompanying problems that stem from the gambling. The Gordon Moody Association has two centres. One is in London-Kent, and the other is in the West Midlands.
The program is named for its founder: the Reverend Gordon Moody, who was a Methodist minister. He originally worked with Gamblers Anonymous, but he began to notice that many participants in the program failed because they’d lost their places to live, had little to no support from others, or both. The phone-in service known as GamCare is affiliated with The Gordon Moody Association, so calling them first is a very good idea. To apply for treatment at the centre itself, visit the association’s website and follow the instructions.
The Priory Group
The Priory Group handles all manner of addictions, including gambling. They have no fewer than 16 locations that treat gambling addiction, from Woking to Canterbury to Edinburgh. The Priory Group offers both inpatient, residential help and outpatient services and is adept at helping problem gamblers transition back to their lives. The Priory Group focuses on the addiction to the thrill of gambling and relies on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for the crux of its patient interactions. The group wants its patients not only to understand the thrill and control it but also to ferret out the underlying reasons and causes for turning to gambling in the first place.
The Priory Group’s website provides an easy-to-fill-out form to make an enquiry into getting help. The group stresses, however, that if you’re having a gambling-related emergency of some sort, you should call instead and provides the applicable phone number on the same webpage. The Priory Group was founded in 1980 and takes its name from Priory Hospital.
The Life Works Community
For those who seek an holistic approach in addition to traditional therapy, The Life Works Community in Surrey fits the bill. The community also offers problem gamblers the option of having their families with them on-site. Because of this feature, The Life Works Community is dearer than other treatment options, such as The Gordon Moody Association, which charges nothing because it is a charitable institution rather than a for-profit organization.
The Life Works Community provides patients with a charming and bucolic setting in an effort to make them more comfortable and to remove the possible stress in their lives that exacerbated their problem gambling. Part of the community’s holistic approach is to focus on spiritual therapies that are tied to the property’s natural surroundings. To apply for treatment at the Life Works Community, visit the website.
Castle Craig Rehab
For those who would like natural surroundings without the holistic approach, this centre on the border with Scotland provides the help you need with the environment you seek. Castle Craig Rehab focuses on the practical matters of life and their relation to problem gambling. Their chief philosophy is SMART, which states that treatment goals must be:
Castle Craig Rehab stresses a combination of relapse prevention and “fence mending” strategies. The centre’s point is that gambling addiction destroys not only your life but also the lives of those around you and who depend on you. Castle Craig Rehab believes that ongoing support from family and friends is essential to long-term recovery from a gambling addiction. There is a user-friendly form on the website that prospective patients can complete for consideration of admission.
Whether you make a call, see someone in an outpatient clinic, or go to one of these residential gambling programs, the important thing is just to get help. You can’t handle it all alone, and there’s no shame in admitting that.