Gambling Can Cost You Everything

A gambling addiction is a progressive addiction that can have many negative psychological, physical, and social repercussions. It is classed as an impulse-control disorder. It is included in the American Psychiatric Association (APA’s) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, fifth edition (DSM-5). 

There are many forms of gambling today and include wagering money on things like online blackjack, gaming, scratch off tickets as well as casino poker tables and track bets. Some gamblers stick to one form of gambling and some will do it all.  There is a high associated with gambling and they chase that high, much like using a substance. 

Gambling addiction can be responsible for tearing apart families in the same ways that other addictions do.  There are serious consequences for gambling addictions like the loss of financial resources to provide for the basic needs of living like food and shelter.  Gambling addictions often interfere with jobs and cause job loss. 

My Interventionist will work with your family to develop an intervention plan to help match your beloved addict with an appropriate level of treatment.  Dual diagnosis is often common with gambling addiction and substance use.  It is important that we treat both the substance use and the gambling addiction. 

The most successful treatment protocols for treating gambling addiction are total abstinence and 12 step support groups.  My Interventionist will set up initial services to treat gambling addiction for one full year beginning with the intervention.  The style of intervention to be used will be discussed during the free consultation.  Reach out today to find freedom from your loved one’s gambling addiction.