When done in moderation, gambling is often seen as a socially acceptable behaviour.
However, when the impulse to gamble can’t be controlled, even if it is hurting oneself or loved ones, problem gambling may turn into compulsive gambling or gambling addiction.
Symptoms of Gambling Addiction
Someone with a gambling addiction may feel the need to visit casinos, bet on sports, gamble online or even buy lottery tickets. The type or frequency of gambling may vary, but an addict will typically be unable to control their behaviour. They’ll continue gambling despite negative social, financial, or legal consequences. Symptoms of gambling addiction can vary as there are various types of gambling addiction. At Trafalgar our senior addiction treatment team creates personalized gambling addiction treatment program for each individual clients. Based on the input from the client prior to admission we are able to develop a personalized treatment program that will tackle symptoms of your specific addiction.
Gambling Addiction Development
Several factors can increase the risk of compulsive gambling. The gambling addict’s brain appears to respond to the act of gambling in the same way the alcoholic brain responds to a drink. This means that as the gambler feeds their habit, their addiction will grow.
While research has shown the majority of gambling addicts to be men, this type of addiction is not uncommon among women.
Below are some characteristic behaviours exhibited by compulsive gamblers:
- Stealing money
- Lying about the gambling habit
- Diminishing relationships and/or friendships
- Avoiding work or other commitments in order to gamble
- Neglecting bills or other payments in order to use the money to gamble
- Selling possessions in order to gamble
- Taking bigger and bigger risks
Gambling Addiction Treatment
With the right gambling addiction treatment, recovery is totally achievable. Unlike someone with a food addiction, a compulsive gambler does not need the object of their addiction to survive. They simply need to learn how to develop a healthy and balanced relationship with money. A program of recovery can assist with impulse control. Designed for treatment of complex addictions like gambling. We will tailor our gambling addiction treatment program to the client’s specific needs.
Residential Gambling Treatment
Trafalgar West provides 30, 60 or 90 day residential treatment for gambling addiction and offers the most comprehensive and effective addiction treatment and mental health program in Canada. We treat the addiction along with the underlying mental health issues like depression, anxiety, PTSD and other psychiatric disorders.
Trafalgar East – provides 45 or 90 day residential gambling rehab and offers comprehensive addiction specific treatment. What makes treatment at our East rehab centre different is the fact that clients have the opportunity to leave the residence daily to receive treatment at our Port Hope campus. This helps us to provide gambling addiction treatment at highest standards.
Outpatient Gambling Treatment
Our outpatient addiction counselling centre located in Toronto treats clients who are unable to attend residential treatment. Our 4-week Intensive Outpatient Program allows clients to receive gambling addiction treatment similar to what they would receive in our residential treatment facility, but allows them the opportunity to continue working and go home at night.
With our unique and effective addiction recovery and mental health programs, we can make sure that your road to recovery is safe, effective and tailored to your precise needs. We are dedicated to helping you overcome your struggles. If the Intensive Outpatient Program does not fit into your schedule, or if you need to focus on a specific area of concern, we will tailor a program for you based on your schedule, needs, and budget.
As part of all Trafalgar’s gambling addiction treatment programs we offer aftercare services to make sure that upon graduation of the client any kind of relapse will be prevented through our aftercare, ContinUCare and Continuation of Care. Some may think that if they have made it through an addiction treatment program then their problems are over. Completing an addiction treatment program is a great accomplishment but it is only the beginning of the recovery journey. Aftercare is especially important during the first few years of recovery.
Aftercare participation at Trafalgar Addiction Treatment Centres is a chance to interact with other clients who also struggle with addiction, practice social skills and identify relapse triggers. Our Aftercare Groups enable you to have an opportunity to check in and receive constructive feedback from fellow addicts on how you are progressing.
ContinUCare enables the client and their Trafalgar care team to monitor progress on the journey to recovery and potentially identify and address areas of concern before they escalate into serious problems. It is like having your care team constantly watching out for you and there to provide help if needed.
Continuation of Care – clients will schedule a 45-minute call with the Program Manager during the first week after discharge. Addiction counselling calls will continue each week for a period of two months. Clients can arrange calls to suit their schedules within regular business hours. These counselling calls will provide an excellent way of tracking progress and discussing any issues that may arise.