Not all addiction is to substances. Some people are addicted to online gaming. Others are addicted to pornography. But perhaps one of the most common and damaging non-substance addictions is an addiction to gambling.
With Atlantic City only a few miles away, several local Long Island casinos, and easy access to internet gambling, more and more people find that they have developed a gambling addiction that affects their finances, their relationships, and their time. For those that struggle with gambling addiction, call me today at 516-732-0273 for gambling addiction therapy on Long Island.
Signs of a Gambling Addiction
Gambling is powerful. The risk/reward system in gambling means that you’re constantly receiving positive feedback for your financial risks, and the frequent winning (despite frequent losing) means that it can always feel like a win is right around the corner, leading to further addiction.
Any time you feel compelled to gamble, or you’d like to stop gambling, it means you may be a candidate for gambling addiction therapy. But there are also many warning signs to watch out for:
You find yourself gambling money that you do not have.
You find yourself taking greater and greater financial risks.
You find yourself regularly distracted by gambling, or allowing gambling to affect your relationships and/or work.
For many, the high from gambling also provides a way to cope with stress and experience more excitement out of life. Despite the financial risks, and the mathematics that proves the casino always wins, those with a gambling addiction are often powerless to stop unless they seek help.
Gambling addiction is rarely caused by any one problem. While gambling itself tends to feed into the addiction, often there are also related contributors, such as problems dealing with the stress of work, difficulties coping with financial issues, and more that may also need to be addressed. In therapy, we look at what other factors may have contributed to the addiction, and find ways to reduce the effects these have on your life.
Help for Gambling Addiction on Long Island
If you feel like gambling has become a problem for you or a loved one, it always helps to seek out a counselor that can help fight gambling addiction and provide better coping habits for gambling cravings. For more information about gambling addiction therapy on Long Island, please give me a call today at 516-732-0273.