Help With Online Gambling Addictions in South Africa
Gambling Online Counselling in Cape Town, South Africa
A “compulsive, or pathological, problem gambler” are terms that have been used to describe someone who cannot resist his or her impulse to gamble. Gambling disorders can lead to serious personal, professional or social consequences if left untreated.
Compulsive gambling addiction is in no way a moral dilemma nor has it got to do with being weak, these are treatable conditions that have complex motivations that are usually based on some form of past or complex trauma.
Are You a Pathological Gambler?
Is gambling impacting your day to day life? Are you finding it hard to stop or limit your gambling? There is always help available, no matter how bad things may seem. Recovery from problem gambling is possible and with right support and guidance, you can start to live your life again. Speak to our gambling counsellors today.
Compulsive online gambling can have many consequences on financial resources and interpersonal relationships. More often than not, it becomes increasingly difficult for the person to find the support they need in order to actually recover in that the family is often connected to the behaviour and a central source of the shame. This is why it is so important to admit people struggling with severe gambling disorders into a treatment centre as the risk of suicide can be substantially higher than with so many other addiction based disorders.
Family therapy is often the best way to help and mediate these circumstances as the therapy progresses over time. Read more about family therapy here.
Best Way Of Helping With Gambling
Gambling addiction requires a specialised approach as the risks of later relapse can be very high. In view of this, there is a distinct focus on incorporating a wide range of family conflict resolution into the treatment approach. Recovery Direct handles gambling addiction issues in the a comprehensive continuum of care through online counselling.
The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.
How is online gambling diagnosed?
Online gambling, is classified the same way as “traditional” in-person gaming. However, features like 24/7 access make it possibly more addictive and difficult to quit than gambling in a casino or other physical site. Typically 3 of the below criteria would warrant the need for help with a pathological gambling problem.
- Preoccupation with gambling (such as reminiscing about previous gambling experiences, planning one’s next gambling session, or figuring out how to get the money to bet)
- In order to get the appropriate level of thrill, you’ll need to spend more money.
- Several failed attempts to decrease or stop gambling
- When attempting to lessen or stop gambling behaviours, irritability and restlessness are common.
- Gambling as a means of avoiding troubles or enhancing one’s mood temporarily
- Returning to gambling after a loss in the hopes of recouping lost funds (also known as “chasing losses”).
- Trying to cover up time spent or money lost when gambling by lying to family members, friends, employers, and others.
- Significant troubles in a relationship, at work, or in school
- Having to rely on others for money to get out of a dire financial predicament brought on by gambling
Recognizing a gambling problem is the first step to recovery. It takes a lot of strength and courage to admit this, especially if you’ve lost money and relationships along the way. Don’t despair or go it alone. Others in your situation have managed to break the habit and rebuild their lives, and so can you.
We use modern treatment techniques that focus on establishing the right foundations to build a long term recovery. Through extensive research, we have constructed a range of holistic, evidence-based treatment solutions for treating and overcoming gambling addictions of all types and through a broad range of clients in our programme.
Effective gambling recovery needs a focused treatment model designed around each individual’s unique requirements. There is no such thing as a blanket treatment model as each person’s triggers are different. Long-term gambling recovery must be sustainable and this is what we work towards implementing at Recovery Direct.
Addiction to gaming or a gambling issue is frequently linked to other behavioural or emotional disorders. Substance misuse, untreated ADHD, stress, depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder are all common problems among problem gamblers. You’ll need to address these, as well as any other underlying factors, in order to overcome your gambling issues.