Gambling addiction is considered to be a severe type of impulse disorder, it is classified as an mental illness. Purchasing lottery tickets, sports betting, bingo, poker, online gaming are all forms of gambling that many find themselves getting out of control of. Each gambler has their preference, a game of choice that they enjoy placing bets on and risking their finances and even personal possessions. Win or loose an addict goes back for more, they enjoy the excitement, the rush, that lack impulse control.
For those with an addiction to gambling there are many treatment options available to them that will help them regain control of their life.
Diagnosing a gambling addiction
To diagnose a gambling addiction proper the person needs to go through psychological and physical examination. Those with a gambling addiction have developed impulsive and erratic behaviors. During the physical examination the physician will conduct and interview and do laboratory test to rule out any other underlining illness or mental disorders.
Those diagnosed with gambling addiction can be either problem gamblers or compulsive gamblers.
Problem gamblers are suffering from an addiction to gambling however they still remain in control. Problem gamblers often have financial, personal and family troubles as a result of their gambling, regardless to the knowledge of the results of gambling they continue to do so.
Compulsive gamblers have lost control and are severely addicted to gambling. They live to gamble, it is the only thing that they think of and the only thing that matters. The negative effects it has on their lie and the lives of those around them are no where near as important as gambling.
Gambling addiction help and treatment
There are many treatment options for those with a gambling problem. Many problem gamblers are able to walk away from gambling on their own, removing themselves from temptation. Self help groups such as Gamblers anonymous (GA) offers services similar to that of Alcoholics anonymous. GA stresses the fact that you are addicted to gambling, you always will be addicted to gambling and there is no way to just gamble a little. They offer support and techniques to avoid temptation. Those with compulsive gambling often require and outpatient or inpatient program through a psychiatric facility or an alcohol and drug rehab center. There they are able to work through the mental issues associated with their compulsive addiction to gambling as well as learn how to live without gambling in their lives. Many gamblers will be prescribed anti depressants, mood stabilizers and anti seizure medications under the supervision of a Doctor to help treat their addiction, to lower the thrill of the bet. However psychotherapy has been a proven treatment techniques for those with gambling addictions.