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Compulsive Gambling Treatment

Compulsive gambling is often called the “invisible” addiction, because gambling addicts don’t show physical signs like some drug addicts do, like liquor on their breath or needle marks on their arms — but gambling addiction can ruin lives. If you or someone you know is struggling with problem gambling, call American Addiction Centers today at 800-890-1956.

What is compulsive gambling?

Gambling addiction, or compulsive gambling, is gambling behavior that causes disruption in psychological, physical, professional or social aspects.

Warning signs of gambling addiction include:

  1. A steadily increasing preoccupation with gambling
  2. A need to bet more money, more frequently
  3. Restlessness or irritability when attempting to stop gambling
  4. “Chasing” losses with more gambling
  5. Continued gambling despite mounting serious, negative consequences

Gambling Addiction treatment

Gambling addiction affects millions of Americans.

Roughly two million Americans meet the criteria for gambling addiction, according to the National Council on Problem Gambling. Another four-to-six million are problem gamblers, which is a serious affliction that, if left untreated, often leads to a full-blown addiction.

Gambling addiction can occur regardless of your choice of game, be it poker, slot machines or the state lottery. And this isn’t just a financial problem – it’s a progressive illness. Paying off a compulsive gambler’s debts won’t cure the addiction; inevitably, the gambling addict will continue to place bets and accrue more debts that he or she can’t afford to pay.

Some may think gambling addicts are simply weak-willed, but compulsive gamblers are not able to quit their habit without professional help. American Addiction Centers owns and operates facilities that treat both gambling addiction and substance abuse, simultaneously.

Gambling addiction can be life-threatening.

Though compulsive gambling can be considered less “serious” than alcohol or drug abuse, gambling addicts commit suicide at far higher rates than those with drug or alcohol addictions. A gambling addict who puts off treatment is playing Russian roulette with his or her life. Call us today if you think you may need to find treatment for compulsive gambling 800-890-1956.

In addition to the high risk of suicide, there are other consequences to untreated gambling addiction, such as:

  1. Financial difficulties, including bankruptcy. Gambling addicts are typically tens of thousands in debt, or more, by the time they seek help.
  2. Problems at home or work. Gambling addicts sometimes will continue playing through the night and can show up bleary-eyed to work in the morning. Bosses notice this behavior. At home, the stress and anxiety caused by their addiction leads some gambling addicts to mistreat their spouse or children.
  3. Criminal records. Many gambling addicts who wouldn’t otherwise break the law can turn to crimes such as embezzlement, fraud or theft in order to finance their habit. This includes stealing from the workplace or their loved ones.

Self-exclusion can help.

If gambling has become a problem, it’s essential that you or your loved one receive professional addiction treatment, but self-exclusion is another major step to recovery. Most casinos around the country offer self-exclusion lists to patrons who have lost control over gambling and can simply tell the casino you would like to be banned from the facility, and the facility records names to follow suit. Banned gamblers are sometimes able to sneak back in, of course, but they won’t be paid if they hit a large jackpot — large payouts require paperwork that reveals these patrons shouldn’t be there. And without the possibility of a big score, many compulsive gamblers find it easier to stay away from the casino.

It’s best for the gambler to bring a friend or relative to the casino when attempting to self-exclude, so they’re not tempted to gamble once more. For more guidance on self-exclusion, and on conquering a gambling addiction, call American Addiction Centers today at 800-890-1956.

No matter your insurance, be it Cigna, Aetna, Humana, Blue Cross / Blue Shield (BCBS), Assurant, Unicare, United Health Care, Anthem, Carefirst, Asuris Northwest Health, Golden Rule, Celtic Insurance, Fortis, Health Net, Kaiser, Vista, Shelter, Wellpoint, Tri Care, Accordia or even Medicare, and state insurance — we can help you find gambling addiction treatment. We also offer many affordable self pay options as well as luxury gambling addiction treatment.