How to get treatment for compulsive gambling.
One of the most difficult decisions for an active gambling addict is to seek treatment and commit to getting help. How many times have you heard a loved one say that I am sorry? Then they say I want help and I swear off gambling forever. Yet, either that same day or the next day or so, they are at it again! A recent article highlights the impact an active user has on the family. In addition, it discusses how going into treatment increases the chances of remaining a non gambler.
Admitting one needs help is a big step to a better life free of gambling. An even bigger step is to accept the help and actually take action and commit to some form of treatment. Whether it be an In- Patient Treatment Facility or attending a twelve step Gamblers Anonymous program, such a commitment is one of the keys to stopping the cycle of addiction.
Sometimes patients go a step further with their commitment before they seek treatment. They might allow a loved one to handle their money for awhile. This is really a true sign that they are willing to change and could temporarily provide some relief to the family and friends of the compulsive gambler. Of course, importantly, it may also provide the compulsive gambler a sense of accomplishment.
Too many people in this day in age are stuck in the rut of active gambling and throwing their money away. They seem to do this in hopes of that next big win. So when the next time your loved one says they want help, keep in mind that time is of the essence. Support that person to take action as soon as possible on how to get treatment for compulsive gambling before that person and your family slip back into the deep, dark despairs of active gambling.