Gambling Addiction Treatment & Rehab
At Lumion, our mission is to offer hope and lasting relief to those who are suffering from gambling addiction and all types of behavioral addictions.
Compulsive gambling often co-exists with other mental health disorders. Without a treatment plan that addresses these mental health issues, it is often difficult for gambling addicts to remain in control of their lives. Some of the mental health issues connected to compulsive gambling include: depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, impulse control disorder.
Common Signs of Problem Gambling:
- Gambling longer than you intended
- Betting “over your head” and then “chasing your losses”
- Lying to family and friends about how much or how often you’re gambling
- Missing work or family commitments
- Being distracted from your life because of gambling
The underlying reasons for a gambling disorder are almost universally psychological. As a result, failing to address the mental health aspects of any type of gambling problem makes it nearly impossible for treatments to work.
Gambling addiction tends to arise from underlying, untreated emotional issues that must be addressed by experienced behavioral medicine professionals.
Successful Treatment of Gambling Problems
We have made great strides in the treatment of behavioral addiction, using: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Medications, our TMS affiliate experts work with, existential therapy, spiritual therapy, individual therapy, family/relational therapy.
The main symptom of problem gambling is a loss of control over their gambling which is described as:
- Problem Gamblers – spend time and money gambling in a way that becomes harmful.
- Escalation – as an individual needs to take greater risks to win back money or to maintain a certain level of excitement.
- Diminished Control – an inability to stop gambling when they are ahead. Most problem and pathological gamblers will continue gambling until all their money is gone.
Sports betting and online gambling, not to mention playing the stock market, have worsened the problem by bringing out gamblers who may never have surfaced otherwise, enabling them to be gamble anonymously, and with greater access from their home. Heavily rooted in impulse control problems, cognitive distortions, and fantasy thinking, the behavior of the problem gambler lead to a build-up of anxiety, tension, and chronic angst – all of which can “only” be relieved by the act of gambling
Located in Beverly Hills, California, the doctors and staff at Lumion Center are experts in behavioral therapy and medication management, offering a supportive therapeutic environment and personalized treatment plan for obsessive gambling that addresses your unique symptoms, as well as any underlying mental health issues that may be contributing to your condition.
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