Like alcoholism or substance abuse, addiction to gambling is destructive, making not only the addict unhappy, but also affecting all the people who care about him /her.
As with other addictions, gambling involves obsessive and compulsive behaviour. Problem gamblers take risks which they cannot afford to take both in financial terms and in the emotional cost. Ultimately, the behaviour of the gambling addict destroys everything they care about.
At the Haynes Clinic we have successfully treated many problem gamblers and also have people in recovery from gambling addiction amongst our staff. We understand the addiction and its effects on family members from our experience, not just from professional qualifications.
Gambling addicts are taken through a personalised programme which includes 12 step treatment and attending Gamblers’ Anonymous.