Gambling Addiction Treatment Los Angeles at Muse
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What is Compulsive Gambling Addiction?
Compulsive Gambling is a progressive illness that stimulates the reward system of the brain much like drugs do. Individuals addicted to gambling are unable to control the urge to gamble regardless of the impact it has on their life.
Signs and Symptoms of Compulsive Gambling Include:
- The thrill of taking a big gambling risk/Bet
- Preoccupation with gambling
- Calling out of work to gamble and/or losing their job as a result.
- Lying about gambling or hiding it
- Using it as an escape from problems or feelings
- Feeling guilt or remorse after gambling
- Borrowing or stealing to gamble
- Taking time away from family to gamble
There are two types of Gambling Addicts: Action and Escape
Both often suffer at their core with self esteem issues:
The Action Gambler can outwardly appear egotistical, outgoing, successful, and manipulative. They gamble with the primary belief that they can master the game and beat the system. They usually start gambling in their teenage and young adult years and it progresses. Action gamblers also prefer games of skill, such as: poker, black jack, horses, and professional sports.
The Escape Gambler believes that by gambling they are escaping their problems. They often prefer games of luck such as: Video poker, slot machines. Playing the games allows the person to escape from physical and emotional pain as they go into a hypnotic like state.
Problem Gambling Self Test
- Within the last year, have you ever gambled more than you intended on?
- Within the last year have you ever told anyone that you were winning money when you weren’t?
- Within the last year have you ever felt guilty about your gambling or the consequences of your gambling?
- Within the last year has anyone ever criticized you for your gambling?
- Within the last year have you had arguments about the money you spend on gambling?
Answering yes to 2 or more questions indicates a possible gambling problem that warrants a referral to a gambling treatment program.