I Have a Gambling Addiction. What Do I Do?

I Have a Gambling Addiction. What Do I Do?

Feb 5, 2018 By Paul Spanjar 0 comments

According to the latest report by the Gambling Commission, about 430,000 people in the UK suffer from a form of gambling addiction. ‘Problem gambling’ is defined as gambling to the point where a person’s friends, family or personal recreations are disrupted or damaged. If you think you have an addiction and may need gambling addiction treatment, read on to learn from our experts at The Providence Projects.


Types of gambling addiction

Gambling addiction can take many forms. Problem gamblers are most likely to engage in one of the following:

  • Spread betting (speculating on the financial market)
  • Betting with a betting exchange
  • Card gambling, such as playing poker in pubs or clubs
  • Betting on sports events or horse/dog racing
  • Playing FOBT (fixed odd betting terminal) machines in bookmakers


Identifying gambling addiction

Gambling addiction, or ‘compulsive gambling’ is when a formally recreational activity has a negative effect on other areas of your life, such as your personal and social life. Much like alcohol or drug addiction, gambling can stimulate the reward system of the brain to create a ‘high’. As the addiction develops, the gambling addict may start taking higher and higher personal and finical risks.

Symptoms that you may need gambling addiction treatment include:

  • Increasing the financial costs of bets
  • Gambling to subdue any negative feelings in your day-to-day life
  • Chasing your losses. Gambling more and more to recoup the money you have lost
  • Lying to fiends and family about your gambling habits
  • Feeling depressed or irritable when you are not gambling regularly

If you feel you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, we would recommend learning more about gambling rehab.


Seeking gambling addiction treatment

Private gambling rehab, works in a similar way to alcohol or drug rehab. We work with each patient to create a personal rehab plan, tailored to the requirements of every individual. Our highly-trained and experienced counselling staff will help you every step of the way.

At our private rehab clinic, The Providence Projects also offer gambling rehab aftercare support.  We are always available to talk with you. If you need further support after you complete your rehab programme, we will provide counselling, support for families of addicts or recovery management to help you with your long-term recovery.

If you want to know more about our gambling rehab programmes, please call our trained counsellors on 0800 955 09 45.

Why Us:

The Providence Projects has been successfully delivering alcohol and drug rehab for over 20 years. The highly skilled counselling team and a proven and innovative treatment programme combine to ensure that all of our clients have the best possible chance of recovery.

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Our Model:

Steve Spiegel and Dr Turnbull agreed a mission when opening The Providence Projects in 1996 and our mission has remained the same; to provide effective and affordable addiction treatment in order to help men, women and families begin the process of recovery.

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Get Help:

If you are the person with the problem, or if you are the friend or family member and you want to speak confidentially or find out about the detox and rehab packages, please call us today and speak to one of our highly skilled addiction specialists on 0800 9550945.

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