Gambling: addiction, treatment and rehab

Compulsive gamblers experience repeated negative impacts on their well being and happiness. Club Recovery offers two gambling group therapy programs. Monday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 8pm. To learn more contact us!

When the fun of gambling has become addiction, and you feel like there’s no way out and no way to stop gambling, Club Recovery can help.

Do any of the following concerns relate to you or someone you know?

  • Trying to escape life’s problems by gambling
  • Trying unsuccessfully to quit gambling
  • Lying about money and/or time spent gambling
  • Thinking about gambling becomes an obsession and is affecting family, employment, or other significant areas of life
  • Taking increasingly greater risks in order to capture a “high” from gambling
  • Gambling has become the main or only outlet for enjoyment and passion
  • Depression, anxiety or thoughts of suicide become familiar feelings

Problem Gambling: a hidden addiction

Family, friends and even the gambler may be slow to identify compulsive gambling as an addiction. The addictive gambler is not like an alcohol or drug addict. The problem gambler does not slur his speech, or fail a drug screen.

  • Gambling addiction is a disease of impulse.  The gambler becomes preoccupied with thoughts of gambling. This obsession creates an overwhelming and powerful compulsion to gamble.
  • Gambling addiction is a disease of denial.  Gamblers usually believe that eventually a change in luck will result in winnings, and that they can stop gambling whenever they decide to quit.

Compulsive gamblers who experience repeated negative impacts on their well-being and happiness as a result of gambling, or who negatively impact the people around them because of their gambling, are not recreational gamblers.  These are problem, pathologic gamblers.

If these symptoms describe a family member or loved one, the risk must be recognized.  Compulsive gamblers frequently destroy their well-being and financial security, leaving their families destitute, before being driven to seek therapy.  Unfortunately, people whose gambling has become addiction rarely seek treatment until they are financially wiped out.  Compulsive gamblers are six times more likely than the general public to commit suicide.

Club Recovery understands that gambling addiction is a serious and significant, medically recognized disorder.  Most importantly, effective treatment and rehab for gambling addiction is available.

Treatment to stop gambling addiction

Our program helps clients understand their impulse to gamble.  Club Recovery recognizes that the problem gambler may use gambling as the band-aid for coping with other serious issues. Club Recovery understands that family/friend relationship issues, financial problems, legal problems, and dysfunctional lifestyles may all be underlying causes or consequences of the addicted gambler’s behavior. Abstinence from gambling alone is not enough.  Club Recovery helps our clients to identify these underlying issues in the recovery process.  All areas of the problem gambler’s life are considered and addressed as a part of his or her individual treatment plan.

Our compulsive gambling treatment and rehab program utilizes a cognitive-behavioral model that focuses on raising awareness of one’s emotions, thoughts and behaviors.  This new self-awareness helps individuals to recognize their triggers and urges to gamble and develop techniques to manage impulses and make positive changes in life.

The gambling treatment and rehab program at Club Recovery is under the direction of Mary Everson, a psychotherapist who has specialized in mental health and addiction services for over twenty years.  Mary understands the unique nature of gambling addiction and treatment. She recognizes the challenges posed by impulses for problem gambling that face individuals in recovery.  In addition, Mary has extensive professional experience working with clients recovering from a range of addictions.  She has insightful knowledge about the commonalities that all addictions share.

At Club Recovery, we provide both individual and group therapy for gamblers, as well as family therapy and interventions for family/friends to confront the gambler in their life.  We welcome all problem gamblers who are seeking help to address their problems and would like support to begin making positive changes their life.

Funding for your gambling treatment and rehab may be available

If the fun of gambling has been replaced with torment and self-destruction, help is a phone call away.  Contact Club Recovery at (952) 926-2526 for a consultation.  Our address is 6550 York Avenue South, Suite 620, Edina, MN  55435.