Riverina Recovery House

Compulsive Gambling And Gambling Addictions And Disorders

What Is Compulsive Gambling?

Gambling means that you are willing to risk something you have or value in the hope of getting something of even greater value. Compulsive gambling which is also known as a gambling disorder, is the uncontrollable urge to keep gambling - despite the toll it may be taking on your life or the lives of the people you love.  It often begins at a recreational level and may not involve large sums of money. Most casual gamblers stop when they lose or set a loss limit, however people with a compulsive gambling problem are compelled to keep playing even if they continue to lose, to recover their money — which is an increasingly destructive pattern over time.

Gambling stimulates the brain's reward system just like a substance addiction (such as drugs or alcohol).  If you or someone you love has a problem with compulsive gambling or a gambling disorder, you/they may hide the behaviour, accumulate debt, deplete savings and resort to stealing or fraud to support your/their addiction. It is a serious condition that can destroy lives.

Compulsive gambling may result from a combination of biological, environmental and genetic factors. It often has deep roots in emotional avoidance or pain.

Some of the signs and symptoms of people who experience compulsive gambling include:

  • Trying to control, reduce back or stop gambling - without success
  • Feeling restless or irritable when you try to cut down on gambling
  • Constantly preoccupied with gambling e.g. constantly planning how to get more money for gambling
  • Increased tolerance - the need to gamble with increasing amounts of money to get the same thrill
  • Gambling to escape problems or relieve feelings of helplessness, guilt, anxiety or depression
  • Chasing losses - trying to get back lost money by gambling more
  • Resorting to theft or fraud to get gambling money
  • Lying or hiding the extent of your gambling to family members or others
  • Relationship problems - jeopardising or losing important relationships, because of gambling e.g. family or work relationships
  • Asking others to bail you out of financial trouble

Some people with a compulsive gambling problem may have periods of remission where they gamble less or don’t gamble at all however without treatment, the remission usually isn't permanent. A gambling addiction can be overcome with appropriate interventions incorporating medical support and psychological and emotional therapies. Many people who struggle with compulsive gambling have been able to find help through professional treatment.

How Can Our Residential Recovery Program Can Help?

Our Residential Recovery Program can help you or someone you love develop skills to build resilience, tolerance and understand triggers. Living in a small group setting in a large, beautiful home in the town of Wagga Wagga, you will receive structured and professional support from a diverse therapeutic team that helps you understand what is driving your addiction and help you understand the bigger picture of how addictive processes affect your life in the long term.

At Riverina Recovery House, our program provides an individually tailored recovery program using a combination of emotional and psychological therapies to help overcome a gambling disorder and identify, understand and address the underlying issues and contributors of your or someone you love’s gambling addiction.

Emotional And Psychological Therapies

The Riverina Recovery House was established to address the need for support and guidance at the early stages of recovery. By bringing together a team of experts within the safety of a nurturing environment, we are able to assist establish a healthy, positive routine and help you develop the skills to help manage and your life better, so resilience and tolerance can be built and strengthened, increasing their chance of enjoying recovery over a longer period.

Establishing A Healthy And Positive Routine

Gambling addiction and behavioural addictions usually begin as infrequent occurrences that become more significant over time. In our Residential Recovery Program, you will engage with a number of registered therapists to help you uncover the deeper aspects driving your compulsive gambling experience.

Our Residential Recovery Program is an 8 week live in program for those who have completed rehab or who have recently completed a detox. Contact us to find out more about our tailored Recovery Program. If you need recommendations for a suitable detoxification or rehab centre, please contact us and we’ll be more than happy to help you on your recovery journey.

We also offer a Family Program for the loved ones of those who are affected by a family member with an addiction. Recovery is more sustainable for the loved one when their family members understand the nature of addiction and how family members can help or hinder the process of recovery. We can help provide support and education to family members to ensure they are able to focus on solutions rather than on problems, set healthy boundaries, stop enabling behaviors, improve communication with one another and help family members ensure they care for themselves whilst supporting your loved one with love and respect.      

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