OptumHealth Rehab and Compulsive Gambling Treatment
Compulsive gambling is an expensive addiction that can lead to financial, as well as health, social and physical ruin. In order to effectively treat gambling addiction, follow treatment process is similar to that of drug rehab. When you are unable to stop gambling, even though it is jeopardizing your life, this is a sign that something far more serious is going on, and you need professional help.
Signs You are a Compulsive Gambler
Individuals who gamble occasionally are not normally an issue. It is those gamblers who cannot stop gambling even when financial, social, work or family pressures indicate they should stop. If you are concerned that someone you know has a problem with compulsive gambling, here are some signs to look for as noted by the Mayo Clinic:
- The person is obsessed with gambling, spending all of their free time gambling, talking about gambling or hoping to gamble soon.
- They can’t slow down their gambling even when they are financially unable to gamble, and they may be turning to lying and stealing to cover their gambling habits.
- They are unable to stop gambling without professional help through inpatient treatment programs via rehab facilities.
If you or someone you love is a compulsive gambler there is help available.
Diagnosing a Gambling Addict
To treat someone with a gambling addiction the first step is to get them into a detox program. Through an inpatient treatment facility, the detox routine for compulsive gamblers involves weaning them off of the behavior. By keeping them in an inpatient center the person is monitored 24/7 so they are unable to leave, go online or find other ways to gamble. During this process medically approved treatments, such as prescriptions for anxiety, may be given to the person in order to alleviate symptoms of withdrawal.
Going Through Withdrawals from Gambling Addiction
While withdrawal from gambling is not a life threatening situation, as this is not a physical addiction, it does have side effects. If the person is unable to cope with the withdrawal symptoms, such as insomnia, anxiety or nervousness, then they will be less likely to achieve full recovery through the program used for treating their compulsive behavior. Relapse is common for individuals who aren't treated for withdrawal symptoms. That is why it is so imperative that the individual seek professional, inpatient detox and rehab for their issues of compulsive gambling. This is the most effective way to move toward recovery from an addiction with gambling.