gambling addiction

Gambling addiction & treatment

For some more than others, gambling has the potential to become very addictive and destructive to many aspects of life including relationships and finances. With so much advertising around gambling surrounding our everyday lives, it is an unfortunate consequence that so many have become helplessly addicted. Whilst past attempts to stop or cut down on gambling activities have ended in failure, this does not mean the problem cannot be treated.

Seeking help is the first step forward to getting your life back. Even visiting this website shows that you’re already halfway there and proves that you have the courage and desire to combat this. We know it’s hard to stop on your own but the good news is that gambling addiction, like all other addictions, is treatable and we will help you to develop tools so that you can control the urges to gamble and to change your thinking so that you can stop, so that gambling won’t ruin your life anymore.

Gambling addiction

The signs of a gambling addiction

  • Feeling the need to be secretive about gambling.
  • Having trouble controlling your gambling habits.
  • Gambling when you cannot afford to.
  • Your friends and family have expressed concerns.
  • You may have asked to borrow money from friends and family and have then been evasive or dishonest about the reason.
  • ‘Chasing losses’ and placing more bets in order to try and get even.
  • Preoccupation, as your mind is constantly on gambling or problems with debt.
  • Not being honest about what  you have been doing or where you have been.
  • Possessing large amounts of cash, which then disappear.
  • Committing crimes such as fraud or theft, especially when the proceeds then disappear.
  • Increasing the gambling amounts each time in order to achieve the same rush.
  • Spending large amounts of time online with no apparent purpose.

Excessive gambling often causes a multitude of emotional symptoms, including anxiety, depression, and even suicidal thoughts. Losing everything to gambling is devastating and leaves many people feeling completely hopeless. These psychological symptoms can lead to physical symptoms such as sleep deprivation, pale skin, weight gain or weight loss, acne and dark circles under the eyes.

Former client testimonial

“I did not know how much my life would change by coming to Broadway Lodge. I had spent years in the cycle of a gambling addiction not knowing how to get off the rollercoaster ride. It was the hardest but best thing I have ever done. Went in a broken person but came out as someone who wanted to live life.”

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How do we help?

Rehabilitation for gambling addiction

While rehabilitation may to some seem like a scary place, it really isn’t. There is no shame in it. We have met so many people with different levels of addiction, and every one of them has been treatable. We’re here to support your recovery and get your life back on track. As an abstinence-based rehabilitation centre, our aim is to help you to stop gambling so that you can move on with your life and leave the utter misery of gambling addiction behind.  You will discover that Broadway Lodge is a non-judgmental and confidential place which is full of hope where you can be completely honest and open.

At Broadway Lodge, you will be immersed into a challenging but extremely supportive programme so that you can develop understanding and coping mechanisms in order to deal with future gambling cravings and to find alternative outlets.

Qualified counsellors will work with you compassionately to explore not only your compulsive behaviours around gambling and thinking towards money but also other any problems or stresses in your life, as there is usually an underlying cause for gambling excessively. And we’ll make sure that we get to the root cause.

You will have regular one to one counselling, using techniques such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), as well as daily group therapy. You will be given assignments tailored to the areas in your life which need addressing whether it’s to help you to overcome self-worth issues, shame, trauma or fear for example, and each day you’ll sit in on a lecture around the topic of addiction. You’ll also be able to listen to shares from ex-residents and other guests who will present their own journey of addiction and recovery which can give you lots of inspiration and hope for the future. Holistic therapies such as Auricular Acupuncture, mindfulness, Tai Chi Qigong and massage are also part of the programme, to help you to relax and calm the mind.

Our range of therapies are integrated with the spiritual 12 step philosophy which provides a framework to follow, particularly after treatment, in order to maintain the positive changes that happen to your thinking during treatment and keep you on track with your recovery from gambling for the long-term.

All elements of the therapeutic programme are designed to not only help you to combat your addiction but to improve your mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.

Where else can I get support?

For more help and advice about gambling addiction we would recommend you visit the GamCare website which provides a wealth of information specifically about gambling addiction. You will find free self-help resources and they also have a free helpline and online chat facility too.

Also, you may find support through Gamblers Anonymous – visit their website here.

Talk to us

Would you like to know more about treatment for gambling addiction?

Without the right professional help and support, the gambling problem is likely to progressively worsen. Take a look at our frequently asked questions below or if you’d like to have a confidential discussion about treatment for a gambling addiction either for yourself or a loved one then we’ll be delighted to listen and offer our advice. Please call us on 01934 815515, email hello@broadwaylodge.org.uk or send us a message.