Gambling Addiction

Intensive outpatient treatment for gambling addiction

Gambling addiction is a mental health condition. Someone with a gambling disorder experiences a release of dopamine in their brain when they gamble. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter located in the brain’s primitive reinforcement center. The more people gamble, the more the primitive part of the brain strengthens. The stronger this area grows, the weaker the higher functioning part becomes. As addictive behavior progresses, people feel the need to gamble more often.

Gambling addiction requires professional treatment

Gambling addiction, like any chronic disease, requires professional, ongoing care. According to the American Psychiatric Association, “Less than 10% of people with a gambling disorder seek treatment.” Kolmac’s intensive outpatient (IOP) treatment plan allows patients to live at home and continue working. We offer flexible hours and telehealth options as well.

Kolmac’s outpatient treatment model helps patients and their families

Our experience shows us that abstinence is the most successful way to treat addiction. Merely cutting back or gambling in moderation will not achieve the same results. Here are a few key things patients should know about Kolmac’s gambling addiction treatment program.

  • During the rehabilitation phase of outpatient treatment, patients attend group sessions where they receive therapy and education about gambling addiction.
  • After the intensive phase of treatment, patients begin the continuing care phase, a critical stage which many treatment programs do not offer. During continuing care, patients attend weekly group therapy sessions. We also encourage patients to find a recovery support group in the community, including Gambler’s Anonymous and SMART Recovery.
  • Our program offers extensive follow-up care. Our research shows that people have a much higher probability of relapsing into gambling without professional, long-term care and support.
  • Addiction also affects family and loved ones. Kolmac offers support and education opportunities for the people patients care about and the people who care about them.

How to tell if gambling addiction is a problem

People who suspect a gambling addiction should evaluate behavior for these signs.

  • The need to spend more money to achieve the desired excitement
  • Having failed repeatedly to control or stop gambling
  • Frequent thoughts about gambling
  • Feeling irritable or restless when not gambling, or trying to cut back or quit
  • Gambling to cope with feelings like guilt, anxiety or depression
  • Concealing gambling, and lying to cover up debts and losses
  • Gambling activity that takes people away from work, activities and loved ones

Kolmac provides hope for patients recovering from gambling addiction with support and ongoing treatment. Contact us for more information.

Get Help Today!

We welcome the opportunity to help you in your road to recovery. If you’d like to learn more about Kolmac Integrated Behavioral Health Centers, contact us at:

  (888) 331-5251


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