Gambling Addiction Symptoms and Recovery
Recovery: A Journey to Regaining Life
Gambling addiction recovery is a process. It is definitely not a one-time goal that is accomplished after a day or two of treatment. Like being addicted, treating addiction is also a routine. And gambling addiction recovery only happens to those who have the willingness to really step up and put an end to the destructive gambling cycle they are part of.
To overcome addiction, one must first recognize and acknowledge the fact that he is indeed suffering from this illness and that he is willing to receive help from the right people and undergo days of continuous treatment. Recovery will fast approach if patients will learn to discipline themselves enough to attend and participate well in programs.
In order to achieve gambling addiction recovery it is crucial for one to undergo treatment, which in turn means that proper diagnosis should first be carried out. The following are the most common symptoms of gambling addiction:
1. Inability to stop
This is the inability to cut back and refrain oneself from repeatedly betting that leads to obsession. The sufferer lives under the illusion that gambling provides quick and easy money and is convinced that he’s only trying to win back the money he once lost.
2. Spending more money that one can afford
There is an uncontrollable desire to continue despite knowing that it can no longer be supported by one’s financial capability. Of course, going way beyond someone’s financial limit causes other serious concerns.
3. Complications between personal relationships and work
Gambling complicates and strains relationships between sufferers and their families and friends. In short, they deem it fitting to exert more time in gambling rather than with loved ones. The same goes for work. If gambling is already interfering with work and other responsibilities, then most certainly, this is already a form of addiction.
4. Lying and hiding gambling activities from relatives
Withholding this obsession from relatives is also included in this list because of fears that opening up regarding one’s involvement with gambling will only be a hindrance to this habit.
5. Committing fraud to support gambling
If someone goes out of their way to steal and commit other forms of fraud just to support gambling, then definitely, there is a problem. Spending more than one can afford is one thing, stealing to sustain an addiction is another – and is way worse than the former.
6. Borrowing money
Losses from too much gambling will ultimately lead to debt. Signing up for loans to pay for owed money while continuously gambling will only end up with the accumulation of more debts.
7. Sees gambling as an escape
This is the case for escape gamblers with depression.
Aside from offering gambling programs centered on assessing the root of addiction, potential triggers, and the gravity of immersion in gambling, Williamsville Wellness also provides services for individuals who finished the programs and are willing to continue treatment. For more information and to be on your way towards gambling addiction recovery, you may call the Gambling Addiction Helpline at 877.559.9355.