Compulsive gambling is an addictive disorder that can have a dramatically negative impact upon anyone affected by it. As well as the person affected by the disorder, their families will also be drawn into the never-ending cycle of pathological gambling.
With so many adverts broadcast constantly on the TV and in the media and with gambling being a legal activity, individuals can be drawn into the cycle of gambling, feeling that they are doing nothing wrong as it is socially acceptable.
However, once this begins to get out of hand, treatment for gambling is usually required if the constant flow is to be stemmed. There is no standard treatment for compulsive gambling but a mix of treatments can be made use or, including psychotherapy, family therapy and even group therapy.
The most frequently used of these treatments is therapy offered by an experienced counsellor. They may recommend several sessions of psychoanalysis, CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) or other forms of therapy, depending upon the individual circumstances. In the same way that analysts treat other addictions such as substance abuse, they will apply the same procedures to help with feelings of loss of control and continued gambling in spite of the very negative consequences.
Your counsellor will work with you by showing you how to change your habits, apply self-control and bring about long lasting positive changes. Whatever factors have been at play in order to persuade you to gamble, they will investigate and expose them so that treatment will be effective. If they feel that medication is required they may add this into the mix too.
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