Gambling Addiction Coaching
Overcoming the compulsion to gamble in a self-destructive fashion can often be as difficult as overcoming the crutch provided by conventional mind-altering substances. Recent studies have indicated that individuals who are gambling even casually experience similar sensations and brain-chemistry patterns as those who use powerful stimulants like cocaine. Studies also indicate that as many as one in two individuals that seek help for substance use disorders also have issues involving gambling or gambling addiction. Unlike addiction to a mind altering substance, gambling addiction can be harder to detect and often goes unrecognized and untreated in many suffering from the need to gamble compulsively.
At ADR Life Solutions, we are trained to recognize the signs and symptoms of a gambling addiction. ADR can also help those suffering from a gambling addiction combat the compulsion and the self-destructive behaviors associated with it, whether gambling the primary problem or is coupled with a substance use disorder. Our Gambling Recovery Coaching program provides monitoring for this hard to detect addiction, and includes one-on-one coaching to develop coping skills and a plan of action for handling day-to-day stressors and temptations.
More About Coaching & Gambling Addiction
When working with a Certified Gambling Addiction Coach, you will learn to address both problem gambling and compulsive gambling habits. Similar to a drug or alcohol addiction, unhealthy gambling or gaming becomes a need and a compulsion to not only entertain, but also remove specific feelings of stress, anger, discord, etc. In ADR’s Gambling Addiction Coaching Program, we address those feelings, needs and compulsions, as well as provide new coping skills and ways of structuring your life that are both productive and meaningful.
“Problem gambling” is any gambling behavior that makes the life of the gambler unmanageable. If you find yourself obsessing over the next wager, the next scratch off, or the next big score, you may fall into the category of a problem gambler, and could require professional assistance. A preoccupation with gambling, the expenditure of more and more time and money, along with the pursuit of gambling despite negative consequences, constitute the classic characteristics of someone with a gambling problem. Gambling addiction, also known as compulsive gambling, is particular type of impulse-control disorder. Compulsive gamblers are not able to manage the impulse to gamble, and it becomes a source of stress release, similar to the ingestion of drugs or alcohol. Gambling, like substance misuse, can come in different forms, with different triggers and situations associated with it, such as:
- Casino Gaming
- Online Poker
- Lottery and Scratch-Offs
- Dice and Street Gambling
- Horse Races and Dog Tracks
- Sports Betting
It is important to understand what styles and types of gambling and gaming apply to you, in order to help curtail the specific behaviors, and coach you on how to handle the compulsions and other problem behaviors.