Gambling addiction, also called gambling addiction or gambling disorder, is the uncontrollable urge to keep gambling even though it interferes with one's life.
Gambling stimulates the brain's reward system and releases dopamine in a similar way to drugs or alcohol. It is a progressive addiction, meaning that the user develops a tolerance and needs more and more to get a "kick", which means taking bigger risks and making bigger gains. Gambling addiction can lead to withdrawal symptoms when one separates from the thrill, much like a person with a drug addiction struggles when separated from their drug of choice.
Symptoms of gambling addiction include:
The preoccupation with gambling, the constant planning of when and how to gamble, and the fantasy about gambling.
The urge to constantly increase the amount of money you play for in order to experience a high.
Feeling anxious, irritable or losing sleep when you try to stop gambling.
Gamble to escape difficult feelings such as guilt, anxiety or stress.
You gamble secretly or hide the extent of your gambling addiction from your loved ones.
As with any other addiction, people can lose control of their gambling behaviour. The need to feel "high" can lead them to gamble away more money than they want or can afford. This process can lead to destroyed relationships, severe financial losses and difficult feelings such as shame, guilt or despair.
The decision to enter rehab for gambling addiction is never an easy one. At Paracelsus Recovery, our treatment programme for gambling addiction is based on the pillars of harm reduction, treating psychological and physical imbalances and providing the specific psychotherapeutic treatment you need.
We believe that effective, non-judgmental work with the individual in an environment where they feel comfortable is the key to successful treatment. When a person begins to be overly dependent on an external substance or behaviour, they may be suffering from an excessive internal imbalance. This can include biochemical imbalances, emotional issues, trauma, relationship problems or unbearable stress levels. Our dedicated and compassionate team works exclusively with clients to identify these issues and help them restore their well-being.
We offer gambling addiction treatment in both Zurich and London.