Characteristics of gambling addicts.
Most gambling addicts demonstrate an unwillingness to accept reality, emotional insecurity and immaturity. People battling gambling addiction are typically preoccupied with gambling; they may lie about their gambling, feel out of control, and occasionally resort to illegal behavior in order to obtain gambling money or bail themselves out of debt. Mental illness or substance abuse sometimes accompanies gambling addiction.
Gambling Addiction Treatment.
Gambling addiction treatment resembles treatment for alcohol addiction. Treatment plans typically involve a combination of counseling, medication, self-help and support groups. If substance or alcohol addiction coincides with gambling addiction, it may need to be addressed first.
Holistic, residential gambling addiction treatment programs can greatly benefit gambling addicts by providing them with private, therapeutic recovery atmospheres void of triggers and distractions.
For more information on gambling addiction treatment, please explore our outpatient programs, support groups or contact Caron.