Gambling Addiction or Problem Gambling

Addictions are not only limited to substance use disorders. Indeed, it is now widely agreed that they also related to non-drug behaviours, such as gambling.

Pathological gambling is characterized by a persistent pattern of gambling despite negative consequences. This gambling behaviour tends to disrupt your life as you are preoccupied with gambling regardless of the consequences even when the odds may be against you or you cannot afford to lose.

Is your gambling getting out of control?

5 questions to ask yourself

  • Do you bet more than you can afford to lose?
  • Do you need to gamble with larger amounts of money to get the same feeling?
  • Have you borrowed money or sold anything to gamble?
  • Has your gambling caused you health problems, including feelings of stress or anxiety?
  • Has your gambling caused any financial problems?

Effects of Gambling

Gambling can have a devastating effect on personal finances as the attempt to chase loses become unmanageable. However, the impact of problem gambling can be more than losing money.

Problem gamblers tend to feel isolated as a result of chasing their losses and there is a tendency to stay away from school, college or work in order to gamble.

Problem gambling can affect relationships with loved ones, family members, social relationships also affecting a person’s mental health.

Conventional Treatments

The most common treatment routes are:

  • Counselling
  • Support groups
  • CBT – cognitive behaviour therapy
  • Rehabilitation programmes

rTMS Treatment for Gambling Addiction

Medication can not treat a gambling addiction but may relieve some of the symptoms of anxiety and depression related to the addiction. However, there is a possibility of side effects occurring from taking medications.

rTMS could offer an alternative treatment as a safe non-invasive method of treating addictions through directly targeting the reward centres in the brain.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy treatment for gambling addiction is available at Smart TMS based in Birmingham, London and Dublin. See our clinic locations for more information.

Smart TMS

Smart TMS was the first UK clinic to offer treatments for anything other than depression.

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