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 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

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

— kandee love, Sex Therapist in Oswego, IL

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

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

I completed 30 continuing education credits in gambling addiction in order to have specialized training in this area. I am currently an approved provider through the Michigan problem gambling hotline and see clients for individual sessions to address issues of unhealthy gambling behaviors.

— Alaina Smith, Licensed Professional Counselor in Grand Rapids, MI

I am an authorized CalGETS provider, which means I offer free (CA State-funded) outpatient treatment for individuals struggling with problem gambling or those affected by them.

— Carson Jaffrey, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Diego, CA

I am an internationally certified gambling counselor and treat gamblers and their family members. Screening, treatment options and family support are important parts of recovery from problem gambling and its negative consequences. I have assisted many clients with long term recovery outcomes! Contact me today to begin the healing process.

— VIVIAN FREAR, Counselor

I am the only Chinese speaking authorized provider of the California Gambling Education and Treatment program. If you are a gambler or someone impacted by gambling, you may quality for NO COST counseling service. Call me and we will do a phone screening to see if you qualify.

— Hiedi Chan, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA

Our practice specializes in providing State funded treatment for problem & compulsive gambling. Virtual Services & Virtual Gambling Addiction Group Therapy are available! We offer group, individual, family, & couples counseling to adults of all ages. We work with addicts, spouses, affected members, & families during the treatment process to develop a customized approach that best meets each person’s individual needs.

— Jeffrey Schwartz, Addictions Counselor in Chandler, AZ