Compulsive gambling has been described as “pure addiction” because it does not involve substances such drugs or alcohol (although these are often indirectly associated with gambling addiction). It is process or behavioural addiction and at CHARTER we do not see it as any less dangerous, as without the side effects of substances to slow the person down, the active addict can continue until he or she runs into financial ruin. As well as the potentially life-destroying external and financial consequences of gambling addiction, the emotional turmoil resulting from this compulsive behaviour can be devastating, and the emotional-spiritual void which the behaviour attempts to fill is ever more painful to live with.
At CHARTER when we treat gambling, careful focus on the background of childhood pain and loss, neglect and fear is a significant part of recovery. Too often the gambling is an attempt to control experiences of extremes of either parental neglect or enmeshment. Sadly the gambler goes on to cause much the same, destroying lives as thoroughly as any other addiction. At CHARTER helping people to develop healthy relationships is a particular strength. We can help you to work through these relational difficulties to gain better insight and understanding of your behaviours, to be able to take responsibility for what you feel you need and want and to be accountable for your actions in a healthy way.
If you are the partner of a gambler, we believe that you are not without influence. Having said that the first step is to get yourself the help you need to regain perspective and establish a healthy strategy either to to intervene on the gambling patterns of behaviour or to make decisions that safeguard your and your familiy’s future. At CHARTER we can help you to do this so that you rediscover your self respect, and a credible voice that can be heard above the force of this compulsive addiction. Taking the time to stand back and take care of yourself is literally priceless. Readmore +
All family members benefit from the education and support you can access at CHARTER to appreciate the impact this addiction has on your quality of life, and to learn how to focus on your own life and well being.
We believe in and proactively promote early assessment and intervention, so that help can be put in place as soon as possible for whomever needs it, and that includes you. Our popular Family Group on Tuesday evenings is a valued resource for many family members, providing education and support, and where many families and partners begin their own recovery journey.
With support and guidance, our experience is that even the most troubled gamblers can turn their lives around.
We are always happy to answer any questions you may have. You can make an appointment with our assessment team using our Enquiry Form or simply give us a call so that we can discuss your treatment options and how we can help you or a member of your family.
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