Alcohol and drug addiction are recognised types of addiction that affect people throughout the world, but a lesser-known type of addiction is behavioural addiction. Behavioural addiction, or process addiction, happens when an individual becomes dependent to a certain activity, without realising the adverse effects of their behaviours. Addictions in any form can have wreck havoc on the addicts life, and those who care about them, which is why addicts should receive treatment as soon as possible.
The Dawn is proud to be one of only a handful of rehab centres that can handle gambling addiction treatment. Our treatment programme is tailored to suit each client based on the results of our initial qualitative assessment. We use our original and incredibly effective treatment model called The Twin Pillars Approach, which is conducted by our professional team of counsellors who have extensive experience in addiction treatment.
The two pillars focus on rehabilitation and wellness and involve key components such as Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and the 12 Step method and other complementary holistic therapies. We combine Western and Eastern treatment methods to make sure that our clients get the right balance between rehabilitation, relaxation and wellness.
A peaceful environment that is conducive to recovery and free of triggers
An impressive 1:1 staff to client ratio
Complete focus on recovery through one-on-one counselling sessions and group therapy
Unique approach and personalised programme
Licensed team of addiction professionals
World-class treatment at a fraction of the cost of Western centres
Gambling addiction causes financial and social effects. Some financial gambling addiction dangers include bankruptcy, unemployment, check forgery and fraud and forced home sales. Even though the addict is bound to suffer, their loved ones also face numerous challenges when it comes to gambling addiction, such as psychological and emotional abuse. Many couples with a gambling addict spouse end up getting divorced.
Gambling addiction is a form of process addiction that occurs when an individual continues to compulsively gamble, even if it has negative affects on their life. A person who is addicted to gambling is attracted to the high that they experience upon placing a bet, which is comparable to the effects on the brain that comes from using drugs or alcohol.
Every time a gambling addict makes a bet, their brain receives a rush of endorphins and dopamine. After some time, the brain alters the way that it uses those chemicals, which are responsible for feelings of happiness and satisfaction. After repeated rushes of endorphins and dopamine from gambling, the brain is no longer satisfied with normal activities. Therefore, a gambling addict has to make a bet in order to feel normal again. Gambling addicts continue to chase the high even if they experience negative consequences.
There are numerous signs of gambling addiction such as:
While casual gamblers realise they should stop when they lose, or determine a fixed loss limit, addicts feel obliged to continue gambling to get their money back, which becomes a destructive pattern over time.
There is no exact understanding regarding the cause of gambling addiction, though it is likely to be a mixture of genetic, environmental and biological factors. Even though many people can gamble or play cards without getting addicted, some risk factors that are commonly associated with gambling addiction include: