Gambling Addiction Treatment at The Cabin Sydney
Australians lose more money gambling each year than any other nation in the world with average per capita losses of 1,300 AUS dollars. Among problem gamblers, this number skyrockets to $21,000 per person. With 70% of the population gambling at some point during the year, the risk of developing a gambling addiction in Australia has never been higher.
While many can enjoy gambling responsibly, the hypnotic lure of Australia’s favourite pokies has some gambling beyond their means and unable to stop as addiction takes over. When gambling goes from hobby to compulsion, people suffer severe consequences financially, socially and mentally. If you or a loved one is struggling with gambling addiction, The Cabin Sydney can provide an initial assessment and consultation and recommend an effective addiction treatment plan.
What is Gambling Addiction?
A type of process or behavioural addiction, gambling addiction can best be described as the compulsion to gamble or place bets despite this behaviour having a negative impact on the gambler’s life. Debts begin to climb and other negative consequences start piling up and yet, those who are addicted to gambling cannot resist the overwhelming urge to place another bet.
The repeated action of gambling has been found to actually cause changes in the addict’s brain similar to that seen in the brain of someone addicted to drugs or alcohol. Once this occurs, professional treatment is usually the only way to overcome the obsessive need that accompanies gambling addiction.
Effects of Gambling Addiction
Financial consequences such as loss of money and assets, as well as high levels of unmanageable debt, are the most obvious effects of gambling addiction. Without treatment, those suffering from gambling addiction may find themselves selling off major assets including cars and homes, borrowing money from loan sharks, and even stealing money from friends, relatives, the workplace or anywhere else they can.
Lying goes hand in hand with problem gambling as the addict attempts to hide their addiction from those close to them. This dishonesty can cause serious strain on relationships, shattering the trust built between loved ones. Personal relationships sustain further damaged as a result of the irritability and defensiveness that often accompany gambling addiction.
Work or school obligations often suffer, as a problem gambler may neglect these responsibilities in favour of feeding their gambling addiction. The stress of increasing monetary loss and debt can have damaging effects on emotional wellbeing; affecting moods, triggering anxiety attacks, and more.
Gambling addiction can be effectively treated in inpatient or outpatient settings. Deciding between the two can be a difficult decision and should be based on the recommendations of an addiction expert.
Inpatient treatment is best suited for those with a very severe gambling addiction who find that they are not able to manage their addiction within the context their regular environment. Inpatient addiction treatment at a residential rehab facility allows these individuals to focus completely on their recovery in an environment free from the stress and triggers inherent in their daily life.
Outpatient treatment on the other hand, is appropriate for those who need to, and are capable of, maintaining work and family obligations while simultaneously receiving the treatment they need to recover from their addiction.
Why The Cabin Sydney is the Best Choice for Gambling Addiction Treatment
Our flexible outpatient programme allows clients to live at home and maintain their regular professional and personal routines all while receiving the highest quality gambling addiction treatment. Treatment sessions are scheduled outside of normal work hours allowing clients to fit treatment into even the busiest schedules.
Our highly skilled team of addiction professionals have a deep understanding of all aspects of complicated process addictions such as gambling addiction. Their extensive experience treating addiction allows them to thoroughly understand and predict the challenges you will face as they guide you on your recovery journey. At The Cabin Sydney we take our clients’ confidentiality seriously. We believe that addiction and treatment are highly personal matters and ensure that we conduct ourselves with the highest degree of discretion to protect your privacy as you focus on recovery.
Gambling Addiction Treatment that Works
At The Cabin Sydney, we utilise an innovative method of treatment that is unique to The Cabin Addiction Services Group’s centres. Especially effective for process addictions, our intensive Recovery Zones treatment method combines Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness and a modified version of the 12 Steps to create an incredibly effective programme for the treatment of gambling addiction. By focusing on identifying and predicting addiction triggers, building coping skills and learning relapse prevention techniques, our intensive yet manageable programme helps clients reach their recovery goals.
Each individual is different, and so is each case of addiction. At The Cabin Sydney we understand this and thus each client receives a comprehensive clinical assessment. Based on these results, our addiction experts create a tailor made treatment plan to address our clients’ personal treatment needs.
For some clients with more severe gambling addictions, recovery within the context of their daily environment may present too many challenges. In these cases, we can offer expedited admission to our world-class residential rehab facility, The Cabin Chiang Mai.
Inpatient Gambling Addiction Treatment at The Cabin Chiang Mai
Located amid tropical gardens in the mountainous northern province of Chiang Mai, our inpatient treatment facility is more reminiscent of a 5-star resort than your typical residential rehab. Delivering treatment on par with the top rehab facilities in the world, The Cabin Chiang Mai is regarded as Asia’s top centre for addiction treatment. Enjoy the breath taking views, take a refreshing dip in the pool or relax with a traditional Thai massage all while receiving the very best gambling addiction treatment from our hand-selected, western-accredited staff of addiction professionals. Our luxurious facility is worlds away from the challenges and addiction triggers present in your daily life, providing you with the opportunity to dedicate all of your attention to healing from your addiction. Our weekly excursions to activities such as elephant encounters and zip-lining allow you to experience true thrill in life outside of gambling.