One important thing to remember is that you don’t have to battle your addiction on your own. We understand that gambling addiction can have devastating effects on both individuals and their loved ones, and the solution isn’t as easy as just being able to stop gambling.
That’s why, at our specialist rehabilitation clinic in Kent, we offer a comprehensive rehab program that is tailored to each individual’s needs to help them overcome their gambling addiction and regain control of their lives.
Gambling addiction rehab program
Our rehabilitation program for recovering gambling addicts is run by trained professionals, based at The Recovery Lodge in Sittingbourne, Kent, who specialise in treating gambling addiction.
We take a personalised approach to gambling addiction recovery. Every recovery plan we make for someone recovering from gambling addiction is tailored to their form of gambling problem, their gambling behaviours, as well as their physical symptoms, personal circumstances, and what they want to achieve from their gambling addiction rehab.
The main priority throughout all of our addiction recovery programs, whether it’s alcohol addiction, drug addiction, behavioural addiction, or gambling addiction, is to provide a safe and supportive environment where you can heal, grow, and conquer the addiction.
How our gambling addiction recovery program works
Our gambling addiction rehabilitation service is focussed on several core components:
Substance Abuse Detoxification.
Compulsive gambling addiction can often go hand-in-hand with other addictive behaviours such as alcohol addiction or drug addiction. For our clients to be able to focus properly on their addiction recovery journey, we focus first on a comprehensive detoxification program.
Gambling Addiction Counselling.
All our Kent based rehabilitation programs include both individual and group therapy counselling sessions. We have highly trained counsellors, therapists, and support workers who provide a safe space to talk about gambling addiction struggles and work through any potential underlying issues, such as mental health problems, that may be contributing to the addiction.
As the famous saying goes; knowledge is power, and our gambling addiction recovery program in Kent encourages our guests to learn about their addiction and the skills needed to help them on their addiction recovery journey. We teach people how to identify their specific gambling addiction triggers, manage gambling compulsions or cravings, and develop healthy coping mechanisms to minimise the risk of relapse.
Gambling Addiction Support.
At The Recovery Lodge, our services don’t end when you leave our specialist rehab clinic. We provide ongoing support after the initial addiction recovery treatment, which includes access to addiction support groups and therapy sessions. We know that recovering from compulsive gambling, also known as gambling disorder, isn’t as easy as going to rehab and when you leave, you’re “fixed”. Addiction recovery is an ongoing process and we are committed to ensuring we provide the services, tools, and support you need throughout your addiction recovery journey.
If you or someone you care about has a compulsive gambling problem and wants to stop gambling, we are here to help. Our gambling addiction recovery program here at The Recovery Lodge in Kent is designed to provide the support, guidance, and tools needed to overcome addiction and get your life back on track. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you on your addiction recovery journey.
The different types of gambling addiction
Gambling addiction, also called compulsive gambling or problem gambling, can take many forms. In the UK, gambling addiction is stereotypically viewed as spending large amounts of money in bookies on horse racing or other sports but there are several other forms of gambling that can cause individuals to develop unhealthy gambling behaviours.
Here are some common forms of gambling addiction that many people can struggle with:
More widely known across the globe as slot machines, this can be any coin operated gambling machine that offers players the chance to win a payout when they play. Also called fruit machines or pokies, they are designed to be enticing, with lots of different variations on “bonuses”, free spins, and usually paying out small amounts of money to give players a taste of victory and keep them playing. Fruit machines are specifically designed to be addictive and keep people playing, chasing losses and putting more money into the machine. The Guardian outlines how they work and the psychology behind them in their article: Hooked – how pokies are designed to be addictive. According to statistics, one in six people who play these types of gambling machines regularly suffers from a serious gambling addiction.
Sports Betting Addiction
Gambling on sporting events such as horse racing, football games, or practically any type of sport, can lead to a preoccupation with analysing statistics, scores, and lots of other data related to the events. Winning a sports bet can result in feeling euphoric or excited but, inversely, extreme disappointment or frustration can be experienced when someone loses a sports bet. Gambling problems usually arise when people feel the need to gamble more and more money to feel the same level of euphoria or, instead of walking away after losing money, they chase their losses by spending more money to try and recoup the money they’ve already gambled.
Online Gambling Addiction
Online gambling has seen a massive increase in recent years – from 42 percent of GGY (Gross Gambling Yield) in 2015-16 to over 60 percent GGY in 2021-22 according to the Gambling Commission. It has become easier than ever to gamble, due to the rise of online gambling platforms like online casinos and online bingo sites, enabling people to gamble from the comfort of their own homes. The convenience of online gambling can be very dangerous for anyone who struggles with addiction, as they can spend hours placing bets and playing games online, often not even noticing how much money they have spent. Find more information on online gambling help here.
Casino Gambling Addiction
Although rarer in the UK than somewhere like America, casino gambling can still become a problem. With around 150 casinos located across the UK, people can become drawn into the casino atmosphere by their bright lights, loud noises, and endless entertainment. It is easy to lose track of time within a casino and therefore spend large amounts of money on games such as blackjack, craps, and roulette. Much like with sports betting, casino guests can feel compelled to continue playing when they’re consistently losing money to try and leave with at least some “winnings”.
While lesser known than many other forms of gambling addiction, lottery addiction can be a real problem, as the possibility of winning such large jackpots can be irresistible. People can easily spend large sums of money buying lottery tickets, even if they can’t really afford them, thinking that by purchasing more lottery tickets, it will vastly increase their chances of winning.
One important thing to remember with gambling addiction is that all these different types of gambling problems are not mutually exclusive. Gambling addicts can struggle with multiple forms of problem gambling at the same time, and many do.
Whatever form of gambling addiction you, a friend, or family member suffers from, our specialist services are there to help you through your addiction recovery and on your addiction recovery journey and it all starts with a visit to The Recovery Lodge in Kent.
Get in touch now to discuss getting help for your gambling addiction.