Gambling Help-Seeking treatment led this former patient to realize he was on the wrong path to happiness. About nine years ago he quit gambling for 12 days. How could I be an addict if I can quit for that long, he thought. But since then he had managed to lose friendships and his sense of purpose in life. Could all of this be due to his gambling?
Well there were other things that led him to question whether he was a gambling addict or not. He also had never been arrested or fired from a job. Moreover he owned a home and drove a decent car. But despite all of that he still felt miserable and gambling seemed to be what made him feel better. The irony though was he knew deep down inside that gambling was not the answer to his happiness. There were too many signs that he had become dependent upon it. It did not seem to be normal to be constantly craving gambling throughout the day. In addition, most mornings after he gambled he felt sick and tired. He also experienced many gambling losses and would often awake in panic remembering how much money he had lost.
He learned in treatment his instincts were really right on the money! Normal people do not question their gambling habits. One article discusses the pathology of gambling and the importance of taking a look at what it actually does to you. It took him about 19 days into treatment to recognize that gambling was truly the problem all along. All the doom and gloom started to slowly lift and it was because he was not gambling. He also learned that compulsive gambling is a sneaky disease and that it is very easy to deny the signs of a problem.
If you depend upon gambling to help you relax, be happy and get through your days then maybe Gambling Help is what you need. It might be the answer to your problems. Taking an honest look at what your gambling has done to your well being is the beginning to getting on the right path. Get help and end the internal debate for good!