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What is gambling addiction?

Gambling addiction, sometimes referred to as ‘problem gambling’, 'compulsive gambling' or 'pathological gambling’, is a type of behavioural addiction, characterised by individuals experiencing a constant urge to engage in risky gambling behaviours, despite the negative outcomes that this can have on multiple areas of their life. Gambling addiction is also considered by many people to be a form of impulse control disorder, because individuals who struggle with this addiction find that they regularly lose control and are unable to regulate their behaviours and emotions when it comes to gambling.

How do we treat gambling addiction at Manor Clinic?

Rehab treatment for gambling addiction at Manor Clinic takes place as part of our residential Addiction Treatment Programme. Our 28-day programme is our most intensive option; this involves you staying at Manor Clinic for the duration of this time, to undergo comprehensive therapy for your gambling addiction and take steps towards rehabilitation. 28 days is the recommended treatment time for addictions, although patients are encouraged to stay with us for longer than 28 days if this is deemed as being beneficial for their wellbeing and long-term recovery.

It’s also possible for us to offer other treatment lengths, if appropriate. These include:

  • 14-day treatment programme
  • 21-day treatment programme

For more information on what each of our residential treatment programmes entails, please visit our residential treatment page.

Gambling addiction therapy aims to help you to get to the root cause of your harmful behaviours and equips you with the tools and coping mechanisms to avoid falling into this destructive trap in the future. Gambling addiction rehab at Manor Clinic is underpinned by the well-known 12-Step model. This approach is used all over the world in the treatment of both substance and behavioural addictions.

Gambling rehab at Manor Clinic, Southampton

Our gambling Addiction Treatment Programme consists of:

  • Free, no obligation addiction assessment - book your appointment today
  • Structured group therapy programme
  • A high quality family programme
  • Access to 12-Step support groups
  • Free aftercare for life following treatment
  • Free family support for life following treatment

For more information on the gambling addiction treatment that we offer at Manor Clinic, as well as the type of therapy that is involved, please visit our approach to addiction treatment page.

Contact The Manor Clinic Today

To discuss how the Manor Clinic team can help to support individuals and families dealing with an addiction issue or for further information on treatment and rehabilitation programmes, please call: 023 8046 4721 or click here to book a FREE ADDICTION ASSESSMENT. 

Free addiction assessment at Manor Clinic

At Manor Clinic, we understand that it can be daunting to reach out and seek help for your gambling addiction. That’s why we offer a free, no obligation addiction assessment to all prospective patients, in order to make this process as easy and as comfortable as possible. This initial assessment takes place with a member of our specialist addiction treatment team and provides you with the opportunity to discuss your individual condition and concerns, ask any questions that you have on the gambling rehab journey, take a look around our beautiful site, and begin to develop an understanding of the steps that you will be taking towards beating your compulsive gambling.

Seek help for your gambling addiction today

Compulsive gambling is associated with a wide array of devastating problems, affecting people psychologically, socially, professionally and even physically. It can lead to relationship difficulties, problems at work, and a range of psychosomatic complaints including headaches, stomach aches and digestive problems. Funding a gambling addiction can also become a huge financial burden, leading to severe financial problems and increasing amounts of debt. Ultimately, gambling is a lucrative sector for a reason – while it’s possible for people to ‘win big’ from time-to-time, betting odds are ultimately in favour of the gambling industry itself.

In addition, untreated gambling addiction can also lead to the development of other addictions, including alcohol and drug addictions, as well as other compulsive behaviours such as internet and shopping addictions.

However, the good news is that gambling addiction is treatable and you don’t have to struggle on your own. That’s why it’s so important to seek support as soon as possible – the earlier you receive treatment and therapy, the sooner you will be able to resume the healthy, happy and fulfilling life that you deserve. Our specialists at Manor Clinic are committed to helping you every step of the way towards overcoming your problem gambling.

An expert addiction treatment team

Our expert, multidisciplinary team possess a wealth of experience in treating gambling addiction. We ensure that we remain up-to-date with the latest research in the field of addiction treatment, so that our practice is guided by the very latest thinking and is underpinned by National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines.

We are able to deliver a broad range of therapies, helping you to address the reasons why you turned to compulsive gambling in the first place, improve your self-esteem and self-worth, and tackle your gambling addiction symptoms.

This page was reviewed by Sarina Wheatman (FDAP) in November 2019 and is scheduled to be reviewed again in November 2021.

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