It is estimated that around 0.9% of Spaniards will develop a gambling addiction at some point in their life.
It is a psychological disorder which, although very normalized in many social circles, requires therapeutic support as early as possible, as its effects result in a wide variety of serious problems.
Throughout this article you will find a summary of these harmful effects of gambling addiction, and various guidelines on what to do about this condition.
What is gambling addiction?
As the name suggests, gambling addiction is a type of addictive disorder in which all the basic characteristics of these pathologies appear, including gambling addiction. a certain pattern of behavior and the need to explore these behaviors more and more in order to avoid discomfort.
However, unlike what happens with drug addiction, in this case the person does not feel the need to use a certain psychoactive substance, but the problem is based on the need to gamble (although it should be noted that the addiction video games also exists as a separate category).
Characteristic symptoms of gambling addiction
These are the most characteristic symptoms of gambling addiction and examples of the extent to which this disorder poses a problem that goes beyond mere gambling addiction.
1. Appearance of the feeling of discomfort if time passes without playing
One of the distinguishing features of this disorder is that it does not express a simple well-being by participating in games of chanceBut what drives the action is above all to avoid the discomfort caused by not playing.
2. Need to bet more and more
This need is reflected both qualitatively and: Gambling is becoming an increasingly important part of a person’s life.
3. Use deception to ask for money and hide liquidity problems
In order not to arouse suspicion about the instability engendered by the addiction (which could lead others to put pressure to end the gambling habit), the person try to hide your financial problems, in order to have easier access to loans.
4. Poor anger management and tendency to be irritable
Something as simple as taking several hours without playing this makes the person see anything that means postponing these sessions even more as an intolerable obstacle, Or anything that keeps you from thinking and fantasizing.
5. Tendency to play secretly
This is another of the behavior patterns associated with concealing the existence of the pathology. For example, it takes shape when he goes to the casino without telling anyone, Or by participating in drums of poker by locking yourself in the room, and so on.
6. Discomfort with negative emotions
Along with the development of this disorder, emotions associated with discomfort arise, especially of the anxious and depressive type. In reality, people diagnosed with this condition are statistically more likely to have suicidal ideation.
What solutions are there to this disorder?
Gambling addiction can be overcome, but all solutions are to seek professional help and start a treatment process. In this way, you must take these criteria into account to know how to find a good treatment option.
- Whether it’s a team of accredited healthcare professionals.
- Let these health professionals have many years of experience in drug treatment.
- That the team of therapists work with accredited health programs.
- That the detoxification center be accredited for treatment of addictive behavior.
- That different types of treatments are offered, adaptable, and that it includes a follow-up process.
Are you looking for addiction treatment?
If you are looking for treatment options for addictive disorders, be it drug addiction or pathological gambling and other behavioral addictions, please contact us.
Plow light is a drug addiction treatment center specializing in both outpatient care and our residential treatment program, both based on methodologies supported by scientific evidence. Our residential income center is located in Picassent (Valencia) and our outpatient office is in the center of Valencia, next to the City of Arts and Sciences.
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