Gambling Addiction

Gambling addiction, sometimes called compulsive gambling or gambling disorder, is the inability to curb or stop gambling, in spite of the damage it causes. Similar to substance abuse, gambling can stimulate the reward center of the brain, leading to addiction. If you find yourself always thinking about gambling, including how to get more money to gamble with, using increasing amounts of money to feel the same thrill, being unable to cut back on gambling, gambling to relieve other feelings, or lying to others about what you're doing with your time, you may have a gambling addiction. A therapist trained in gambling addiction will strive to learn more about your gambling habits to understand the patterns that trigger a gambling episode. They will work to help you identify unhealthy or irrational beliefs that may be contributing to this behavior, and teach you tools to replace gambling with healthy behaviors. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s gambling addiction specialists today.

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I have specialized training in gambling addiction and am a certified Problem and Compulsive Gambling Counselor.

— kandee love, Sex Therapist in Oswego, IL

I am a CalGETS provider for the State of California. I studied with the Gambling Studies Program at UCLA. I offer no cost gambling services to gamblers and affected individuals (spouses, parents, siblings, co-workers, etc) for those who qualify. Contact me for a consult.

— Michelle North, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Encinitas, CA

The availability of casinos, sports betting, internet gaming, slot machines, and lotteries are easier, faster and more wide-spread. We can develop a unique plan to cope with urges and create lifestyle balance. We will work together to identify and maintain your motivation to stay focused on your goals.

— Stephanie Phillips, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Catonsville, MD

I have been working with individuals experiencing Problem Gambling and Gambling Disorder in both outpatient and residential clinical settings over five years. As the son of a parent with Gambling Disorder I have personal insight into how destructive the disease can be both to the individual and the family.

— Les Waite, Clinical Psychologist

Gambling can be a very fun, bonding experience for friends and family to enjoy together. So how does one know if they’re still enjoying one a famous American pastime or if they’ve ventured into dangerous territory? Only Nevada and Louisiana are the only two states where casino gambling is legal state-wide. With such relatively limited access, why in the world has gambling addition been surging in the past decade? Two Words: Easy Access. Online and Sports Gambling apps

— Stephanie Zepeda, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Houston, TX

I am a certified Problem and Compulsive Gambling Counselor. I work with gamblers to help them reduce or quit gambling. I also can help those affected by gambling addiction via education, coping strategies, and assistance in how to approach and help the gambler in their life.

— Christine Treski, Psychotherapist

I am a Certified Gambling Addiction specialist. I have been working in the field for over 20 years when gambling first came to Detroit. I have spoken and trained on the topic at a national level. The cycle of addiction can be broken, you can recover, your relationships can be restored.

— SABRINA BLACK, Licensed Professional Counselor in Detroit, MI

I hold the International Certified Gambling Counselor, Level 1 (ICGC-I) certification to treat gambling addiction and problem gambling behavior.

— Kristen Haflett, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Colorado Springs, CO

Gambling is an activity that is widely and generally accepted in society. Statistics indicated individuals who become addicted to gambling are more likely to commit suicide than any other addiction. Financial desperation, isolation, shame, guilt and lost of hope are some common symptoms of gambling addiction. In session, a combination of motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral therapy will be used. Individuals will receive assistance to achieve financial stability, change their thinking and behaviors and fulfill their life connections with family and friends.

— Tracey Little, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in ny, NY

I utilize a 12 step and relapse prevention approach to treating addiction. I also focus on confronting the addictive thinking through the use of CBT to help increase a person's insight into how their thinking is contributing to their addictive behavior. To achieve recovery, abstinence is only part of it. A person needs to work on improving their mind, body, and spirit to feel whole. Once this occurs, a desire to gamble begins to diminish.

— frank vecchiano, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Nyack, NY

If gambling is ruining your life, I will give you the skills and support to get your life back on track.

— Denise Delph, Counselor in Brooklyn, NY