How to Get Help for Gambling Disorders


Gambling involves risking money or something else of value in the hope of winning more money or a prize. It can be done with scratchcards, slot machines, sports betting, or even by making a bet with friends. It is considered a risky activity because there is always a chance of losing more than you invest. Despite this, many people enjoy gambling and it is a popular activity worldwide.

However, for some people, gambling can become a serious problem. It can negatively impact their health, family, and work life. In addition, it can lead to financial ruin and homelessness. Fortunately, help is available for those who are struggling with a gambling disorder.

A therapist can provide you with tools to overcome your addiction and manage your symptoms. They can also help you address underlying issues that may be contributing to your compulsive behavior. Therapy can also teach you healthy ways to cope with unpleasant emotions and boredom.

Some therapists specialize in treating gambling disorders and can offer cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT focuses on changing unhealthy gambling behaviors and thoughts, such as rationalizations and false beliefs. It can also teach you to manage gambling urges and solve problems related to the disorder, such as relationships, finances, and work or study performance. In addition to CBT, your therapist can recommend other treatments that may improve your quality of life, including medication and lifestyle changes.

In addition to CBT, some therapists specialize in addressing other underlying conditions that contribute to gambling disorders. These include depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and other mental health issues. In some cases, these conditions must be treated before treatment for gambling disorder can begin. A therapist can recommend treatment for these underlying conditions, which may include psychotherapy, family therapy, and/or cognitive-behavioral therapies.

Another way to treat a gambling problem is through support groups. These groups can offer you the opportunity to talk with other people who have experienced a similar situation and share advice. The groups can also offer you a space to discuss your feelings and concerns with others who have a similar problem. This can be a great way to relieve stress and feel less alone.

Lastly, some therapists use longitudinal studies to better understand the effects of gambling. This type of study allows researchers to identify factors that moderate and exacerbate a person’s gambling participation. It can also help establish causality. However, longitudinal studies are challenging to conduct because of logistical issues and funding challenges.

Recognizing that you or a loved one has a gambling problem is often the first step to getting help. It can be difficult to admit that there is a problem, especially if it has resulted in financial disaster and broken or strained relationships. Nevertheless, it is important to seek help because many people have recovered from this disease. With the right support, you can overcome your gambling problems and rebuild your life. If you are concerned about your or a loved one’s gambling habits, please reach out to us today. We will match you with a professional, licensed therapist within 48 hours.