Gambling addiction often starts off with seemingly harmless fun – a small bet on a sports game; one little trip to the casino on vacation. But for some, it quickly escalates into a full-blown habit that takes over their lives, and can involve anything from online betting to video poker. If your gambling usually goes on for longer than you planned, and you often spend more than you’d like to admit, it’s likely that you have a gambling addiction.
Gambling addiction is a serious condition, and its effects on your brain are similar to those of alcoholism or drug addiction. If you have been compulsively gambling for a long time, your brain’s reward system – which involves the regulation of the very chemicals that cause you to feel good – has adjusted to it. This makes it very difficult to stop.
Gambling addiction can drown you in debt as you end up owing money you may never be able to pay back to loan agencies, credit card companies, family and friends. It destroys your relationships as you continually break the trust of loved ones you’ve lied to. The good news is, it can be overcome – and The Dawn has plenty of experience in helping people who were once right where you are do just that.
Gambling addiction is different from casual gambling. If you’re wondering whether or not you are addicted to gambling, ask yourself the following questions:
People who gamble recreationally are usually able to stick to their pre-set limit, and do not continue playing when they lose or gamble with money they don’t have. Gambling addiction, on the other hand, functions on much deeper levels.
If gambling isn’t controlled, it can have devastating impacts on your life, including:
While risk factors don’t attest that someone will become a gambling addict, certain people are at higher risk for addiction, such as those with:
Unlike larger, corporate rehabs, we like to keep our operation small. We limit our number of clients at any one time to 25. Our addiction, mental health and trauma therapy groups are typically around eight to ten people. This way, our clients find it easy to feel comfortable, be themselves and get to know each other and their counsellors – making it easier to open up in therapy and speeding up your recovery process. Our low staff-to-client ratio means you will receive plenty of personal attention and support whenever you need it.
In outpatient treatment, during which you live at home while regularly attending therapy sessions at a separate location, you still have access to gambling – and that temptation can be distracting, especially in the challenging initial stages of recovery. In residential treatment, on the other hand, you will be buoyed by the constant presence of supportive addiction professionals and recovery peers; and the people, places and things that drive your addiction will be out of the picture. This allows you to concentrate on your therapy work, and brings a sense of clarity and balance into your life so you can see your addiction for what it is and take the necessary steps to make change.
Our incredibly effective Twin Pillars treatment model is tailored to suit each client based on the results of our initial qualitative assessment. We combine Eastern and Western treatment methods to make sure you get the right balance of rehabilitation, relaxation and wellness.
We use a combination of evidence-based techniques and traditional recovery methods to treat gambling addiction on a psychological and emotional level: cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based cognitive behavioural therapy (MCBT) and the 12 Steps. Through your transformative therapy work, you will gain new insight into how your addiction works, learn how to put an end to the negative patterns in your life and build a network of peers who will support your recovery for years to come. You will also receive a relapse prevention plan and additional online aftercare support for as long as necessary post treatment.
In addition to conventional treatment methods, you will also participate in our holistic wellness programme, which includes:
Addressing your health as a whole will help you maintain clarity and focus as you work through the challenges that treatment brings up for you.
It’s easy to feel well when you can breathe the fresh countryside air, meditate near the river and stroll through the green gardens at our relaxing facility in Chiang Mai, in Northern Thailand. Our peaceful environment is free of triggers and conducive to recovery, setting you up for an enjoyable rehab experience and a successful recovery.
We incorporate a wide range of holistic approaches to help our clients develop mental strength and improve overall health.
We employ a team of licensed professionals who have extensive experience in the fields of mental health and addiction.
We believe in healing the whole person. You will receive intensive psychotherapy, but meditation, relaxation, and recreational activities will all play an important therapeutic role in your treatment. Here’s an example of what a typical day looks like at The Dawn: