Effective Gambling Addiction Treatment in Thailand
Approximately 6 million adults and half a million teens are suffering from gambling addiction in the U.S. alone. Each year, over 7 billion pounds is spent across the UK on gambling, and Australians spend more and lose more money on gambling each year than any other country in the world. Singapore comes next. Unfortunately, many of these people do not seek the gambling addiction treatment that they need.
What Characterizes Gambling Addiction?
Gambling addiction is a type of process or behavioural addiction whereby a person compulsively gambles despite negative consequences in their life. As with all process addictions, the problem lays in the reward centre of the brain. Someone who is a compulsive gambler is drawn to the high they feel when they place a bet – which has similar effects on the brain as substance use.
Each time a gambling addict places a bet, the brain is flooded with dopamine and endorphins. Eventually, the brain changes the way in which it uses these chemicals – chemicals which cause a person to feel happy and satiated. After repeated floods of dopamine and endorphins from gambling, the brain no longer feels happy or satisfied with regular activities. Thus, in order to feel normal – much the same way that a heroin addict needs heroin to feel normal – a gambling addict must place a bet. Despite negative consequences in their life, a gambling addict will keep chasing the high that they feel by gambling. This is gambling addiction.
Negative Consequences of Gambling Addiction
The most common consequence of gambling addiction is of course, loss of money and assets. Those with a severe gambling addiction will stop at nothing to continue gambling – borrowing money from loan sharks, re-mortgaging their house, selling stocks and other assets – whatever they can do to get money for the next bet.
Gambling addiction can also cause major stress in relationships. Someone in the throes of gambling addiction will indeed be lying about where they have been and where their money has gone in an effort to keep their gambling addiction hidden from friends and loved ones. Lack of money, lies and stress can rip apart relationships very quickly. In many cases, gambling addicts will show decreased productivity at work or school as well – often calling in sick or simply not attending when on a gambling binge. The stress that comes with gambling addiction can also lead to irritable moods, anxiety attacks and more.
Types of Treatments for Gambling Addictions
The two main types of addiction treatment are inpatient and outpatient addiction treatment.
Outpatient addiction treatment is typically reserved for those who have not yet ‘lost everything’. With outpatient treatment, addicts can still attend to work and family obligations while attending treatment sessions a few times per week.
Inpatient gambling rehab on the other hand, requires the addict to live at a residential rehab centre during treatment. This is recommended for those who have hit a serious rock bottom and require more intensive treatment away from their regular routine at home.
What are the Benefits of Residential Rehab for Gambling Addiction?
The main benefits of inpatient treatment for gambling addiction are listed here and expanded upon below:
- Residential rehab is far from people or places that could trigger addiction.
- Allows for those in treatment to fully focus only on recovery.
- Comprehensive treatment programme with round-the-clock care.
Residential rehab provides a safe haven for gambling addicts to get treatment for their addiction. Far from casinos or race tracks, with limited internet usage, it is next to impossible to feed a gambling addiction from inside a residential addiction treatment centre.
Living on site also allows gambling addicts to fully focus on their recovery. Unlike outpatient facilities where work and family obligations must still be met, inpatient treatment allows addicts a period of time where the only thing they need to focus on is getting better. This is incredibly important for many addicts, especially those who turn to their addiction in times of stress.
Daily schedules filled with one-on-one counselling, group therapy sessions and other types of therapies including fitness and mindfulness therapy are designed to help keep clients busy with activities that will increase their chances of successful recovery. It is a great way to build a solid foundation on which long-term recovery can blossom.
Why Choose The Cabin Chiang Mai as Your Gambling Treatment Center?
Aside from offering world class treatment in a luxurious facility at a fraction of the cost of similar or lesser quality rehab centres in Western countries, The Cabin Chiang Mai uses a modern approach to addiction treatment for which we are highly commended amongst the global medical community.
Modern, intelligent, physical and holistic, our treatment programme boasts an above average completion rate of 96%. Our unique Recovery Zones treatment method combines cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) with 12 Steps and mindfulness therapy to create a comprehensive and incredibly effective treatment programme.
Our Western-trained counsellors have decades of combined experience, including ample experience treating process addictions such as gambling addiction.
How Long is the Treatment?
We typically recommend one month, however that depends on each individual’s situation. Some people may require more or less time. This can be decided during an initial assessment.
Is Gambling Rehab Treatment Confidential?
Absolutely. At The Cabin Chiang Mai we believe our clients’ privacy is of utmost importance. We take every precaution necessary to provide completely confidential services.
What Happens After Treatment?
All graduates of our addiction treatment programme are encouraged to take part in our aftercare programme which includes online meetings, contact with our support team when needed, and yearly reunions to encourage more support within our graduate community. We take your recovery seriously and we will always be available to you for support, even after leaving our facility.
Get the Help you need Today!
You do not need to suffer with gambling addiction any longer. Call our team today for a no obligations, free assessment to see how we can help you get your life back on track. The earlier an addiction is treated, the higher the success rates are. So call us today!