Gambling addiction recovery starts by identifying and understanding the circumstances that cause the urge to gamble. Avoiding these triggers is often the best way to avoid gambling addiction.
Gambling triggers come in many forms:
- Stress – many gamblers bet to cope with frustrations at work or at home.
- Money – having or lacking money can cause a person to waste or seek money by gambling.
- Good Mood – celebrating happiness through gambling and socializing in a casino is common.
- Depression – the opposite also occurs; some people try to lift their mood by gambling. This can include the frustration of continued gambling losses.
- Friends – when everyone in the office bets or goes to the casino on Fridays, it’s difficult not to take part.
- Access – A nearby casino or bookie can easily reinforce the urge to gamble.
These and other kinds of triggers can work together or separately to create and reinforce a gambling problem.
Identifying these triggers is the first step towards gambling addiction recovery. The gambler must understand the circumstances that led to his urge to gamble excessively. Was it a fight with the spouse, a bad day at work, or something else? Once identified, it becomes easier for him to take the right steps to refrain from his habits.
However, some of these triggers are unavoidable, such as family problems or pressure at work. If the compulsion to gamble is strong, they can soon whittle away the commitment to abstain and cause a relapse. To effectively overcome gambling addiction, problem gamblers may need to fully separate themselves from everyday life temporarily while learning how to cope with their triggers. Entering a gambling treatment center, such as Williamsville Wellness, is therefore recommended.
Inside our facility, we can protect problem gamblers from their triggers. We offer a comfortable stay amidst a peaceful and beautiful environment far away from any casinos and gambling dens. We ensure that there won’t be any stress; the entire center and its amenities are designed to soothe the mind and relax the body. Problem gamblers won’t have to think about money and their other responsibilities as they focus on their treatment.
Our therapists can help them face their triggers. They can teach and instill new behavior that can prepare them for when they finally leave. This is done through various approaches such as family/partner sessions, peer counseling, and group sessions. They always take into account the client’s particular needs and provide an individualized recovery plan tailored to his triggers.
By helping to avoid and control triggers, we can set a person on the path to gambling addiction recovery.