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Risking it All – When Gambling Becomes Destructive

Problem gambling includes all gambling behavior patterns that compromise, disrupt or damage personal, family or vocational pursuits. The essential features are:

  • An  increasing preoccupation with gambling
  • The need to bet more money more frequently
  • Restlessness or irritability when attempting to stop
  • “Chasing” losses
  • Loss of control despite the mounting, serious negative consequences

In extreme cases, problem gambling can result in financial ruin, legal problems, loss of career and family, or even suicide.

How can a person be addicted to something that is not a substance?

Although no substance is ingested, the problem gambler gets the same effect from gambling as others may get from consuming alcohol and/or drugs. When gambling for fun escalates to problem gambling, it alters the person’s mood and encourages them to repeat the behavior in hopes of achieving the same effect over and over. But, just as tolerance develops for drugs or alcohol, the gambler finds it takes more and more gambling and risk to achieve the same emotional effect as before. This creates an increased craving to gamble, which then becomes harder to resist, more intense and more frequent.

Problem-Gambling Treatment with Lifeologie San Diego

Like other forms of addiction, problem gambling only gets worse over time, and it’s important to seek help sooner than later. If you or your loved ones gambling habits have not yet developed into an addiction, it’s critical to confront the problem right away to minimize potential emotional, financial and other long-term damage. The first step in getting help and healing is admitting you need a little assistance. You can accomplish this first step by giving us a call at 619-450-1847. Here is what you can expect:

  1. A quick, personalized response: When you call Lifeologie San Diego, we will answer your call right away. We will ask you a few questions to get to know you better so that we can determine the best provider for you and your unique situation.
  2. Flexible appointments: We get it – those weekday, daytime appointments are not always ideal. That is why we offer evening and weekend appointments as well as telehealth.
  3. Excellent care: From customer service to our clinicians, you can count on receiving excellent care. At Lifeologie, we have the right skills and experience to help you live a happier and healthier life, and we are dedicated to this journey.