Counseling for Gambling Addiction

Ken Donaldson on gambling addiction

Gambling Addiction Costs Money and Ruins Lives

Gambling is widely accepted as a recreational activity, but it can turn into gambling addiction. People go past the point of “normal” gambling and get into compulsive and addictive gambling. They form a rigid denial system and have an endless array of rationalizations, minimizations and flat out lies.

Here are the primary symptoms of someone with a gambling addiction:

  • Gambling with increasing amounts of money in order to achieve the desired excitement
  • Restless and irritable when attempting to cut down or stop gambling
  • Repeated unsuccessful efforts to control, cut back, or stop gambling
  • Preoccupation with gambling
  • Gamble when feeling distressed
  • After losing money gambling, they often return another day to “chase” their losses
  • Lying to conceal the extent of involvement with gambling
  • They have jeopardized or lost a significant relationship, job, education or career opportunity because of gambling

Shocking statistics about people addicted to gambling:

  • 60% will commit crimes
  • 20% commit or attempt suicide
  • 63% are alcoholics
  • 20% have filed for bankruptcy
  • 50% will abuse spouses and children
  • 20% of the homeless are gambling addicts
  • 50% of gambling addicts will divorce
  • The average gambling debt is between $63,000 and $110,000

The good news: Gambling addiction, like all other addictive behaviors, can be successfully treated. 

People oppressed by gambling addiction struggle with depression, anxiety and other addictive behaviors. Additionally, relationship problems almost always accompany gambling addiction.

If you’d like more information about treatment for gambling addiction, call so we can discuss treatment options. It won’t get better by itself and you deserve a happier life.

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