Gambling Addiction help

Do You Have a Gambling Problem?

Gambling comes in many different forms and can be achieved more easily now than ever before. Advances in communication mean that anyone with a phone or internet connection can place bets from home. Smart phones have "apps" that allow fast and easy access to play, gamble and bet. Most shops offer scratch cards or lotterey tickets. Is it any wonder that every year more people are seeking help for problem gambling activities.

Do you spend more time and money than you can afford on any form of gaming?

Do you find yourself lying about your gambling habit?

Have you ever borrowed money to continue betting?

Do you want help with a gambling problem?

If you feel that you need help to stop gambling and take back control of your life then Contact Us now.

07583 299 266

73% of the adult population (16 and over) in the UK participated in some form of gambling activity in 2010.  

How many hypnosis sessions?

On average it would be a minimum of three sessions at our treatment rooms in Sale, manchester, because this ensures follow up support and assistance with any side issues that may come to light when you stop gambling.

You learn how to relax, how to cope with stress and how to become motivated.

What type of people are more likely to become addicted to gambling?

People who are exposed to betting (and winning) from an early age. People who have self-esteem issues, or are desperate about their situation and fantasise about a quick route to success, escapism.  It can be a distraction away from feelings of desperation when things are not going right such as becoming divorced or separated


In what ways is the treatment of gambling addiction approached?

First Step CBT for Gambling

We begin with a consultation to establish their main issue and may use a CBT process to gain more insight about the problem and gain more awareness of the habit and the thought process/triggers that lead to gambling behaviours. We look at the cycle of feelings, emotions, money and relationships and how they may be involved so my client can completely see what’s really going on.

Second Step NLP and Hypnosis treatment for Gambling Addiction.

We than use the information and apply NLP and hypnosis approaches that help the client unlock any addictive compulsions and change the thought processes more quickly.

One of the most effective treatments is to change any “euphoric memories” that are unconsciously triggering the behaviour. We apply advanced hypnotherapy and NLP to reframe any memories and remove emotional drivers that are connected to the problem.

For example, if someone has a problem betting on horses and using hypnosis they looks back and see their motivation to gamble began when they were 8 and they won money from a bet on the Grand National, it is useful to see how that event made an impression on their young mind and how, by reviewing that memory using NLP - with all the insight they now have - they can change the memory enough to stop them from responding by gambling.

There are many NLP techniques that help to remove any emotional content attached to significant memories of winning.

Our clients are taught technique for stopping behaviour and how to practise new behaviours they will use in the future.

Investment in your future.

£170 for the 3 session hypnotherapy plan to help you stop gambling at our therapy rooms in Manchester. Price includes over 4 hours of 1 to 1 therapy, and personalised CD recording.

 

Can someone with an addiction to gambling become an occasional gambler?

I advise my clients that abstinence is the easiest, simplest choice.

Someone who needs help to stop betting money is someone that needs to change their habits completely. That means staying away from the places or website that were part of the gambling problem.


What implications can gambling addiction have on a person and their lives/relationships?

Psychological implications: There are various psychological issues that relate to problem gambling. Feelings of shame that they can’t stop gambling. Guilt at the waste of money and the deceit that comes from lying or covering up losses to the people closest. For many, there is also worry about where it may end, financially and emotionally. Often people feel trapped and this may lead to more stress and depression. The strain can become too much over time and, for a person in that situation it can lead to nervous exhaustion or even suicidal thoughts.

Physical: Stress and anxiety related illness, tension headaches, ulcers, IBS, nausea, high blood pressure, fatigue, panic attacks. Lead to drink or drugs to help cope with stress and feelings.

Social Issues: A person with gambling issues can find themselves with problems at work, often because of a lack of concentration, loss of focus.

Relationship: It is often referred to as a family disease because it affects those closest A person with a gambling problem can keep it hidden for a long time depending on how deeply entrenched they become. Some signs that a person is gambling are that they may become emotionally high or low depending on the outcome of their bets. If things go wrong or losses continue then the person may become moody and irritable starting arguments (sometimes as an excuse to go and gamble – chase losses). They may isolate themselves, unable to deal with their secret life. There is often a fear that the partner will find out before any losses are (in the imagination of the gambler) regained.  

Financial issues: Spending savings, borrowing money from high street lenders, credit cards, loan sharks, or getting into debt with family, friends. Some people sell or hock their possessions or turn to stealing to continue gambling. Debts from gambling add stress and often mean the person gambles more in a vain attempt to win their way out of trouble.


Why is gambling addictive to certain individuals?

The early win is the important bit from a psychological point of view. The excitement and adrenaline feeling from a winning bet or  even scratch card works to release a reward of dopamine and serotonin in the brain and this creates a fixed “euphoric memory” that is a powerful driver when it comes to making future gambling decisions.  When you think of gambling you only think of the wins and thrill and it becomes something you want to do again.

From an identity perspective a person may see themselves as a person who is a good gambler, a winner, a success allowing them to bypass losses and keep believing that they will win next time…Some people feel they identify themselves and are identified by others as being good at gambling and that means it’s something they feel they need to keep doing.  It’s like a profession.

 

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