Compulsive Gambling Help
At our drug rehab center in Mississippi, we have a psychiatric nurse practitioner who is a certified gambling and substance abuse counselor and vice chairman of the Mississippi Council on Problem Gambling. He is specially trained to help clients with co-occurring gambling addiction.
Compulsive gambling is a behavioral or process addiction. For some people, gambling is used to alleviate depression and anxiety symptoms. For others, compulsive gambling can lead to anxiety and depression due to problems caused by the behavior. Compulsive gambling programs address these co-occurring issues, helping clients develop skills to avoid triggers leading to destructive behaviors.
Like rehab for alcohol and drugs, treatment for gambling disorder helps identify and address underlying triggers so unhealthy behaviors can be eliminated. Treatment typically includes a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy, 12-step programs such as Gamblers Anonymous and group counseling sessions. If the client has a co-occurring mental health disorder such as depression or anxiety, medications may prescribed along with psychotherapy.
How Gambling Treatment Helps
Treatment helps clients understand the vicious cycle of compulsive gambling and how it relates to other addictions and co-occurring mental health disorders. Together, the therapist and client uncover underlying emotional issues and the therapist helps the client learn new skills to cope with impulses to gamble. Gambling treatment helps clients overcome the depression, anxiety or loss fueling this behavior and explore healthier activities.
Benefits of Gambling Help
The primary goal of gambling treatment is cessation of a destructive activity associated with financial ruin, broken relationships, substance abuse, work problems and a host of mental health issues. Treatment provides clients with the necessary tools to turn their lives around. Benefits include:
- Reduced impulsivity
- Reduced stress
- Decreased shame
- Decreased depression and anxiety
- Better money management skills
- Improved self-esteem
- Healthier relationships
- Greater self-control
- Greater awareness of emotions