Compulsive Gambling Treatment Program

Almost all 50 states now have some form of legalized gambling. As the gaming industry has expanded so has the problem of compulsive gambling. An addiction that is not associated with the consumption of drugs or alcohol can be extremely difficult to understand. Because of this compulsive gambling is often referred to as the “purest addiction” making it almost impossible for the individual to stop on their own. The financial consequences of this addiction can be devastating to the individual as well as the family.

Goals of our Program

  1. Regain balance of body, mind and spirit.
  2. To educate and understand the cycle of compulsive gambling and its relationship to other addictions
  3. To address and improve relationship issues which have been affected by the client’s behavior
  4. Develop money management skills to appropriately address financial issues

Warnings, Signs and Self Assessment

Characteristics of Gambling Addiction

  • Preoccupation – Preoccupied with gambling (e.g., preoccupied with reliving past gambling experiences, handicapping or planning the next venture, or thinking of ways to get money to gamble)
  • Tolerance – Needs to gamble with increasing amounts of money in order to achieve the desired excitement
  • Withdrawal – Is restless or irritable when attempting to cut down or stop
  • Escape – Gambles as a way of escaping from problems or relieving dysphoric mood (e.g., feelings of helplessness, guilt, anxiety or depression)
  • Chasing – After losing money, often returns another day in order to get even (“chasing one’s losses”). Chasing is a classical behavior pattern characterizing pathological gambling.
  • Lying – Lies to family members, therapists or others to conceal the extent of involvement with gambling
  • Illegal Acts – Has committed illegal acts (e.g., forgery, fraud, theft or embezzlement) in order to finance gambling
  • Risked Significant Relationship – Has jeopardized or lost a significant relationship, job or educational or career opportunity because of gambling
  • Bailout – Has relied on others to provide money to relieve a desperate financial situation caused by gambling
  • Loss of Control – Has made repeated unsuccessful efforts to control, cut back or stop gambling

Five or more of these signs = pathological gambler
Three or four = problem gambler
One or two = “at risk” gambler

Synergy Group Services, a family/physician owned and operated drug and alcohol rehab center in Florida, has an experienced staff ready to answer any of your questions regarding your addiction problem. By calling us you will get a better understanding of how you can benefit from our addiction treatment programs, get familiar with our accommodations at our addiction treatment center, and you can get information on insurance and payment plans.

Gambling Addiction Self-Assessment

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