Gambling Addiction & Problems
Gambling Addiction Counselling in Wolverhampton, West Midlands
Gambling addiction is fast becoming a significant problem in our society and the NHS estimates that as many as 250,000 people in the UK are addicted to gambling, spending a combined total of £7 billion every year and yet only about 5% (approx 12,000 people) of gambling addicts actually seek help for their problem which would seem to indicate that most don’t regard it as a ‘real’ problem at all.
There are a variety of options available for those suffering with a gambling addiction and psychotherapy is an increasingly popular option. Psychology and psychotherapy aims to tackle both the addiction itself and any underlying problems that may have triggered the addiction (such as trauma, stress, lack of self-confidence or depression), in an attempt ease the addict out of the ‘need’ to gamble.
Why Do People Gamble in the First Place?
It seems clear that gambling is something that appeals to the human mind, as it has done so for thousands of years. So why do we do it when it is common knowledge that ‘the house always wins’? This means that betting shops and casinos calculate the odds so as to make a profit from losing gamblers. The bottom line therefore is that gamblers are more likely to lose than to win.
However, gamblers tend to believe that they are MORE likely to win following a run of losing bets whereas in reality, the number of times that you lose has absolutely zero bearing on the likelihood of winning.
Do YOU Have a Gambling Addiction?
There is a big difference between a person who enjoys an occasional bet at the races a few times a year, and a person who can’t get through the day without betting on something.
This has been made much easier, of course, by the de-regulation of on-line gambling and casinos.
Signs of a Gambling Addiction
There are a number of signs to look out for if you think you may be developing an addiction to gambling, including:
- finding it difficult to stop gambling
- spending too much money – often more than you have
- increasingly argumentative or defensive about money
- becoming increasingly reclusive
- losing interest in socialising
- always thinking about gambling
- lying or hiding habits from other people
- gambling to get out of financial trouble
- borrowing money, selling items or ignoring bills to fund gambling
- needing to risk larger amounts of money to get enough of a ‘buzz’
- neglecting relationships or responsibilities
Counselling for Gambling Addiction
Psychotherapy and psychological treatments are effective in treating gambling addiction.
By digging deeper into a client’s underlying belief systems we can explore certain behavioural patterns and, by using cognitive therapies, help the client to break out of these patterns. By altering their thought processes and learning to channel their emotions in different ways, an addict can learn to overcome their gambling addiction and also learn techniques to keep them going even when their therapy sessions are over.
Learn How to Thrive & Beat Gambling Addiction
If you want to learn the tools, techniques and coping skills to overcome your gambling addiction then why not follow the Thrive Programme with Paul here at Tranceform Psychology.
Thrive is an evidence-based training programme that uses applied psychology and CBT principles to help you understand and then change a range of unhelpful thinking and limiting beliefs that have an adverse impact on the living experience.
Over the course of ten sessions you will discover how your core beliefs have either helped or hindered you over your life course and then learn proven scientific principles to bring about changes which directly impact on your experience.
You can watch the main Thrive Programme video below.
FREE Initial Consultations for Gambling Addiction
We offer all prospective clients a FREE initial assessment to chat about your gambling addiction. During this 50 minute consultation we will discuss the various options that are available to you and make a considered recommendation based on your individual personal circumstances.
At TranceForm we believe that therapy & coaching should be a collaboration between therapist and client so it’s very important to be able to meet PRIOR to agreeing any kind of help. Our policy is to help people make a fully balanced & considered decision about undertaking therapy with us, including both the financial and personal implications.
Thinking Errors Associated with Gambling Addiction
Gambling Addiction problems may be exacerbated by any number of common thinking errors that people tend to ‘suffer’.
You can find out more about each of these by clicking on the links below:-
- Catastrophising – Making mountains out of molehills
- All or Nothing Thinking – Ignoring the middle-ground
- Fortune Telling – Trying to predict the future
- Mind Reading – I know what you’re thinking!
- Emotional Reasoning – Feelings aren’t facts
- Overgeneralising – Always, Never and Everybody
- Labelling – Successful / Failure
- Imperative Thinking – I need to, I have to and I must
- Confirmation Bias – He didn’t mean I was good because I know I’m not
- Processing Positive Experiences – I didn’t really deserve that Nobel Prize
- Low Frustration Tolerance – It’s too hard I can’t stand it / I can take it I’m worth it
- Personalisation – it’s always my fault when things go wrong
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