Treatment for Gambling Addiction in Ontario, Canada
Recovery is possible
Gambling in moderation is generally considered a safe activity. But, like drugs or alcohol, gambling stimulates the brain’s reward system. What starts out as a relatively benign activity can quickly escalate into a gambling addiction.
Whether it’s slot machines, online gaming, or sports betting, the lure of a big win can be irresistible. Eventually a person may find themselves gambling compulsively not only for the adrenaline rush, but also to cope with stress, anxiety, depression, or negative thoughts.
Gambling can have a tremendous impact on individuals and their families. A compulsive gambler can keep their behaviour hidden for a long time, meanwhile draining the family’s resources. Loved ones often feel shocked and betrayed when they find out how much money has been lost to gambling, and relationships can suffer or fall apart.
Symptoms of Gambling Addiction
If you are concerned about your gambling behaviour, here are some signs to watch out for:
- You gamble to relieve stress, anxiety, depression, or to feel better about life
- You are chronically preoccupied with gambling
- You avoid work or other commitments to gamble
- You find it difficult to stop gambling once you’ve started
- You have sold possessions to gamble
- You have used money for bills or other expenses to gamble
- You hide your gambling from your partner, family, or friends
- You feel guilty or ashamed after gambling
- You find yourself taking bigger and bigger gambling risks
- You’ve lost your house, car, or other possessions because of gambling
The Link Between Drugs/Alcohol and Gambling
Using alcohol while gambling is common, especially in casinos, where alcohol is readily available and its use encouraged.
Mixing gambling with drugs or alcohol can reduce a person’s inhibitions, which can lead to poor decisions and gambling binges. This can have serious financial consequences and cause problems at home or work. Taking substances while gambling also increases a person’s risk for anxiety and depression.
Gambling Addiction Treatment at CHRC
If a gambling addiction is negatively impacting your life, CHRC can help. Our gambling addiction recovery program helps men get to the root of why they compulsively gamble.
Individual and group therapy sessions are foundational to our program. During these sessions, clients learn better ways of managing stress, anxiety, and negative thought patterns, which often underlie addiction. Clients are able to give and receive support from their peers in a safe, judgement-free environment.
A core part of our treatment philosophy is good nutrition. We believe a healthy whole-food diet can address the biochemical imbalances that often contribute to addiction and relapse. CHRC is the only addiction treatment centre in Toronto, Ontario or Canada to offer orthomolecular therapy that uses supplementation to address chronic conditions that impact mental health and the cycle of addiction. Clients in our program enjoy delicious chef-made meals that are prepared using and healthy, anti-inflammatory and blood sugar balancing whole foods.
Recovery from gambling addiction is possible. Don’t wait another day. Contact us today to learn more about our gambling treatment program in Peterborough.
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2225 Lansdowne St West
Peterborough ON K9J 0G5