Gambling Addiction Counselling Leeds
Gambling disorder is an addiction just like other addictions.
Gambling addiction, or gambling disorder has become more and more of a problem over the last 10 years in the UK, with advancements in online gambling and high input stake slot machines appearing in the high street bookmakers.
Gamblers can become addicted to the rush of noradrenaline and dopamine release into the brains reward circuits which, over time, can "rewire" the nueral pathways in the brain making it extremely difficult to stop the addictive behaviour. This cycle coupled with the feelings of fear and guilt from losing and "chasing losses" to try to return to even, or to winning more, pulls the individual into an anxious state that holds them in the loop of addiction.
Talking to an addiction counsellor can help the gambler to understand the reasons why they cannot seem to be able to stop, even though they know that they shouldn't be doing it.... Its a frustrating type of anxiety that can be extremely destructive if left unchecked. With the right support, information, tools and understanding, the addicted gambler can learn to identify and acknowledge their triggers and dangerous situations, and change their behaviours to avoid the turmoil of addiction.
You may be a compulsive gambler or suffer from gambling disorder if you:
Sometimes bet more money than you can afford to lose.
Feel the urge or need to gamble with larger amounts of money in order to feel the same buzz.
Try to win back money you have lost already (chasing your losses).
Sometimes borrow money from people, or sell things in order to get money to gamble, or to continue gambling.
Ever wonder whether you may have a problem with gambling.
Have had any health problems around anxiousness or stress.
Have had friends or family saying that they think you may have a problem with gambling.
Have had any household financial problems or debt as a result of your gambling.
Have had any feelings of guilt or remorse when you are gambling, or after you have gambled.
Further information on how to help a problem gambler:
Gambling rehab in the UK. Residential Rehab information
Find gambling support groups near Leeds
Gambling addiction and debt help
Family support groups near Leeds