The answer to the question, “how to cure a gambling addiction” is this: there is no cure for a gambling addiction. Instead, compulsive gambling must be addressed the same way as a substance addiction.
Can a gambler ever stop?
Many people believe that if a gambler is losing excessive amounts of time and money gambling, they should just stop. The fact is, gambling addicts cannot “just stop” any more than an alcoholic or drug addict can stop using their drug of choice.
Can a gambler change?
You cannot change the gambler, but you can change how you interact with the gambler and change your behaviors so that you are not enabling the gambling to continue. Bottom line: When you’ve had enough of the lies, you must make a choice. If you set limits, be sure that you’re willing to enforce them.
What is a gambling addict?
Compulsive gambling, also called gambling disorder, is the uncontrollable urge to keep gambling despite the toll it takes on your life. Gambling means that you’re willing to risk something you value in the hope of getting something of even greater value.
What do I do if my husband has a gambling problem?
Get support. Finally, tell your partner to get support from a gambling awareness charity such as Gamcare. They also offer confidential support and advice for family and friends of those with gambling problems. You can contact them online or by phone on 0808 8020 133 every day 8am to midnight.
What does gambling do to your brain?
Compulsive gambling overstimulates the brain, it triggers a boost in the brain’s defensive reaction which weakens the reward system eventually reduces the level of “pleasure” the individual experiences. The brain becomes conditioned and yearns for more dopamine to trigger its reward system.
Is compulsive gambling a disability?
The Americans with Disabilities Act explicitly excludes “compulsive gambling” from its definition of disability, thus denying gambling addicts protection from employer discrimination based on their disorder.
What causes a gambling addiction?
What Causes an Addiction to Gambling? Many factors can contribute to a gambling addiction, including desperation for money, the desire to experience thrills and highs, the social status associated with being a successful gambler, and the entertaining atmosphere of the mainstream gambling scene.
What can I do instead of gambling?
5. Find Alternatives to Gambling
- Physical activity (e.g., going for walks, weightlifting, team sports or yoga)
- Spending more time with friends and family who do not gamble.
- Volunteering at a hospital or animal shelter.
- Exploring new hobbies.