Alberta Counselling Services

Rolling Back the Dice: Overcoming Gambling Addiction

Gambling addiction, often referred to as a ‘hidden illness’, lacks the obvious physical signs of alcohol or drug addiction but can be just as destructive. Alberta Counselling Services offers expert guidance and support to individuals struggling with gambling addiction, helping them regain control and rebuild their lives.

Understanding Gambling Addiction:
Gambling addiction is characterized by an uncontrollable urge to gamble, despite the negative impact it may have on one’s life. It can lead to financial ruin, strained relationships, and significant mental health issues.

1. Recognizing the Signs:
Key signs of gambling addiction include an increasing preoccupation with gambling, needing to gamble with more money to achieve excitement, and unsuccessful efforts to stop or control gambling behavior.

2. Addressing the Underlying Causes:
Gambling addiction often has underlying causes such as stress, depression, or other mental health issues. Our approach includes identifying and addressing these root causes.

3. Developing Coping Strategies:
We assist individuals in developing effective coping strategies to resist the urge to gamble, manage triggers, and deal with day-to-day challenges without reverting to gambling.

4. Financial Counseling and Management:
Given the financial difficulties often associated with gambling addiction, we offer guidance on financial management and recovery.

Gambling Addiction Services at Alberta Counselling Services:
Our approach is comprehensive, empathetic, and focused on sustainable recovery:

  • Tailored Treatment Plans: We provide personalized treatment plans, taking into account each individual’s specific situation and needs.
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: Utilizing techniques like Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to change unhealthy gambling behaviors and thoughts.
  • Supportive Environment: Our sessions offer a safe and non-judgmental space for individuals to discuss their struggles and progress.
  • Building a Support Network: We encourage the development of a strong support network, including family, friends, and support groups.

Gambling addiction is a challenging but surmountable problem. At Alberta Counselling Services, we are dedicated to helping individuals overcome their addiction, providing the necessary tools and support for recovery and a return to a healthier, more balanced life.


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