Compulsive Gambling- The Must-Know Fact for Gamblers, Their Families

With one Triple Crown race down and two more scheduled over the next several weeks, the attentions of some gamblers have shifted from basketball to ponies. While many Pennsylvania gamblers are able to bet for fun, others can’t control the urge to play. Here’s what you need to know about gambling addiction and how to find help and hope in recovery.

Compulsive Gambling Facts

Also a Fact (And the Most Important One): Compulsive Gambling is Treatable.

If you or a loved one is struggling with problem gambling, it’s never too late—or too early—to reach out for help. Therapists trained to work with this addiction help problem gamblers identify triggers and deal with the negative emotions that may contribute to urges. During therapy, gambling-addicted people also learn how to rewire their thoughts to avoid misbeliefs that affect behavior, such as the idea that the gambler is due for a win or the belief that players can have lucky streaks that guarantee wins.

Another benefit of addiction therapy is that it helps gamblers start to address other issues caused by their behavior, including relationship problems. Because compulsive gambling is a family problem, the therapist might recommend additional support in the form of family/marital therapy or a family member support group, like Gam-Anon.

Problem gamblers have additional options to aid recovery too. For example, some find guidance and community in gambling addiction support groups, such as Gamblers Anonymous. Lifestyle changes can also help lower stress and reduce the urge to bet.

Compass Mark guides individuals and families in Lancaster and Lebanon Counties to gambling addiction resources, from education/prevention materials to treatment referrals. Our compassionate, non-judgmental team is ready to help you. Call us at 717-299-2831 or use our simple Help Form.

To learn if you or a loved one is at risk for problem gambling, take the quiz on our home page.


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