The Impact of Gambling Addiction on Mental Health

Gambling Addicts do not just gamble when money is available, they indulge even if it means incurring debt, not being able to afford basic necessities, going broke, or borrowing or stealing the money. Gambling is such a vicious cycle because there is always the opportunity to win money back, which keeps even those with no money to spend coming back.

What is a Gambling Addiction?

A Gambling Addiction is defined by a person’s inability to stop gambling, even after it has taken a major toll on their wellbeing (financially, emotionally, etc.). A Gambling Addiction acts similarly to any other type of addiction, such as addictions to sex, alcohol, or drugs. An addiction is all-consuming and usually negatively impacts other aspects of life. Due to the fact that financial stability is a major determinant in whether or not a person lives a happy, healthy life, Gambling Addictions can be detrimental to people’s lives.

There are several causes of a Gambling Addiction, some of which are biological or environmental. If addiction runs in your family, you can be susceptible to a Gambling Addiction. Dopamine levels rise in all gamblers, however, those with a serious addiction release less norepinephrine. Additionally, if you have another mental health condition, such as Depression or Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), it could also be responsible for heightening your Gambling Addiction. It is highly recommend to seek therapy if you have a Gambling Addiction, especially if you have another mental health issue that should be addressed.

What are the symptoms of a Gambling Addiction?

– Gambling excessively (even when unable to afford it)
– Constantly thinking about gambling
– Lying
– Guilt
– Anxiety
– Depression
– Self harm
– Isolation/strained relationships
– Sleep deprivation
– Weight gain/loss
– Addiction

How can therapy help?

Addiction can be life-threatening and negatively impact those close to you. It is difficult for addicts to seek therapy, as they are typically unaware that there is a problem. If you are able to recognize that you are addicted to gambling, you are already stepping in the right direction. Speaking with a therapist will improve your interpersonal relationships and your own life in terms of finances, productivity, and emotional health.

Your therapist will address any other mental health concerns you may have and aim to find the root of your Gambling Addiction. Additionally, there are healthy methods to giving yourself an adrenaline rush and raising your dopamine levels. Your therapist will provide you with specific ways to avoid gambling and to spend your time accomplishing something else.

Types of therapy offered for Gambling Addictions at The Blue Tree Clinic?

– Psychotherapy
– Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
– Psychodynamic Therapy
– Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy
– Family Therapy/Counselling

How can The Blue Tree Clinic help you?

At The Blue Tree Clinic, our therapists have treated many cases of addiction. We are well-equipped to assist you in making this change and are empathetic to the fact that it is not easy to accomplish. We wish to assure you that our therapists will be there to help you in every step of the way and that you are not alone. Gambling Addictions are very common, especially in men, and there are many others seeking treatment, too. Our therapists are available 24 hours of the day to respond to emails and messages from patients if they need immediate help in addition to their appointments. If you feel as though you may gamble and are unsure of how to stop it, you will receive the attention you need. At The Blue Tree Clinic, our therapists will remain available to assist you at all times during your path to recovery.


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