Are you struggling with a gambling addiction?

If you are struggling with an addiction to gambling or behaviours that don’t serve your best interests then seeing a CBT Therapist can help you with your addiction.

What is addiction?

Addiction is defined as not having control over doing, taking or using something to the point where it could be harmful to you.

Problem gambling is harmful to psychological and physical health. Gambling addiction frequently results in other addictions that serve as coping mechanisms for people who are stressed out by the activity.

When to seek treatment

You should consider treatment for your addiction problems when:
You are finding it hard to cut down on or control your gambling
Your life is increasingly revolving around your addiction, and you are preoccupied with planning, engaging in and recovering from your addictive behaviour
Your relationships and work are suffering
You feel the need to be secretive about gambling
You are gambling when you cannot afford to do so
Your friends and family express concern about your gambling
Therapy has helped me stay afloat rather than me drowning in my own thoughts and problems.
Male, 52
I feel like a new person; well on my way to resolving current problems and have understood and worked on some underlying issues too.
Male, 46
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What you need to know

Cognitive behavioral therapy has shown great success in treating addiction when used alone or as part of a treatment plan that utilizes other therapies. Most commonly though, in rehab programs, CBT will be supported by a variety of other therapies which are tailored to a person’s unique needs.
There's evidence that gambling can be successfully treated in the same way as other addictions. Cognitive behavioural therapy usually has the best results.
Treatment and support groups are available for people who want to stop gambling.
Problem gambling or or gambling addiction includes behaviour patterns that compromise, disrupt or damage personal, family or vocational pursuits.
Gambling is a problem if you have lost control and are unable to manage impulsive urges to gamble even when the odds are against you. Increasing the amount of money used to gamble in order to pay for lost bets or to experience the thrill.
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