Acknowledging a Gambling Problem
Those who suffer from Gambling Addiction are seeking the winner’s sensation that brings such sudden pleasure. Similar to drug dependency, gambling addictions can quickly get out of hand. Prescott House is an exclusive, men-only facility that specializes in gambling habits and their solutions.
For example, while a few games of Blackjack at the local casino can be a great deal of fun for some, for others it’s a nightmarish compulsion that leads to highs and lows that most of us will never experience in the same way as a person with a process disorder.
While winning leads to a rush of endorphins from the release of serotonin and dopamine, losing often leads to depressive behavior that leads the user to chase losses in an attempt to come out ahead. Due to the house edge, this rarely happens, and it leaves the compulsive gambler to continue gambling aimlessly while believing he or she is within sight of the finish line – or breaking even/making a profit. In reality, this typically isn’t the case, and the compulsive behavior of the process addiction often leads to huge monetary losses, familial issues, problems on the job, and significant mental health problems.
Common Signs of Gambling Addiction
A pathological gambling habit can most often be defined by a person’s preoccupation with the next trip to the casino, the next plan to get money for gambling (which can be criminal in nature), and even the deception one must engage in to keep gambling trips and expenditures a secret from spouses, children, and friends. These behaviors will often land the individual in rough financial situations and deteriorate personal relationships.
Risks Associated with a Gambling Problem
The risks with process addiction often revolve around the compulsive behavior itself. For example, a problem gambler might gamble more money than they have to lose, putting themselves, and their family in dire financial situations before ever realizing there is a problem. Divorce, job loss, and interpersonal problems are also common.
Due to the persistent urge to gamble, other once important things now fall by the wayside while the compulsion takes over the life of the addict.
While gambling was the primary example used to explain the concept, it’s certainly not alone when it comes to problems associated with process addiction. Just about anything that you derive pleasure from can ultimately manifest itself as the leading contributor to a process addiction and cause severe problems as you fall deeper and deeper into it.
Bringing up the Conversation
An intervention may be necessary or just a simple sit-down conversation to bring these issues to the forefront. Each person who is struggling with this behavior is an individual who may be at a different point in their addiction than someone else. Prescott House can pinpoint their specific needs.
Prescott House is unique in its mixed group and individual therapy method. New patients meet with a professional to gauge their addiction and work towards a resolution. Individuals are highly encouraged to attend their group meetings. Members can share experiences and grow together with this therapy program. Addiction in any form is treated as a medical issue, not a deviant lifestyle.