Gambling Addiction Therapy & Counselling
Gambling addiction is a significant problem in our society with estimates that as many as 250,000 people in the UK have a gambling problems.
It is further estimated that UK gamblers spend a combined total of £7 billion every year!
However, only about 5% of gamblers ever seek help for their problem suggesting that many may be suffering in slience, or are reluctant to talk about it due to the stigmas surrounding debts.
Accordingly, there are a variety of options available to you if you’re worried that you might have a gambling addiction problem and psychotherapy is an increasingly popular choice.
Therapy & counselling can help you to tackle both your addictive behaviours as well as any underlying problems that may have triggered your perceived need to gamble.
Signs of a Gambling Addiction
There are a number of signs to look out for if you think you may be developing an addiction to gambling, including:
- Finding it difficult to stop gambling.
- Spending too much money – often more than you have.
- Becoming increasingly argumentative or defensive about money.
- Losing interest in socialising.
- Constantly thinking about gambling.
- Lying or hiding your habit from other people.
- Gambling to get out of financial trouble.
- Borrowing money, selling items or ignoring bills to fund gambling.
- Risking larger amounts of money to get enough of a ‘buzz’.
- Neglecting your relationships or responsibilities.
If you are experiencing any of these signs or symptoms then it may be time to talk.
Why Do People Gamble?
Clearly, gambling is something that appeals to the human mind, as it has done for thousands of years.
So why do people continue to gamble when we all know that the house always wins?
In other words, betting shops and casinos calculate the odds in order to make a profit from your gambling.
The bottom line, therefore, is that you are more likely to lose than to win.
However, gamblers often believe that they are MORE likely to win following a run of losing bets and end up chasing losses.
The reality, of course, is that the number of times you lose has absolutely no bearing on the likelihood of you winning.
Do you have a Gambling Addiction?
There is a big difference between a person who enjoys an occasional bet at the races a few times a year, and a person who can’t get through the day without betting on something.
Access and exposure to gambling was made much easier following de-regulation by the then Labout government in 2007.
One only has to watch UK televeision for a few hours these days to be bombarded by advert after advert promoting on-line gambling apps.
Therapy & Counselling for Gambling Addictions
We offer a number of different types of therapy and counselling for you gambling addiction problems.
Choosing the most suitable therapy depends on a number of different considerations including factors such as:
- How long you have had the problem.
- Your personal preferences.
- How your problem is affecting you today.
You can read more about the different types of therapy for anxiety on the following links:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Gambling Addiction
- The CORE programme for Gambling Problems
- Counselling for Gambling issues
Although all therapies use slightly different approaches, the one thing they all have in common is the relationship that is formed between the client and therapist.
Research suggests that this therapy relationship may be the most important factor in achieving a good therapy outcome.
Arrange a FREE initial consultation
If you’d like to find out more about overcoming your gambling addiction then why not arrange a free initial consultation with us.
During this consultation we will discuss your particular problems and the potential solutions in a safe and confidential environment without you having to commit to any therapy or counselling going forward.
This consultation lasts around 50 minutes and is a great opportunity to meet our therapists and decide if you would like to proceed with any support.
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