How is gambling addiction managed or treated?
Doctors and mental health professionals successfully treat many people with a gambling disorder with cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). With CBT, people with compulsive gambling learn to understand why they gamble. This understanding helps them better manage their gambling problems. Counselors also discuss other options for solving problems as well as how to deal with gambling urges, how to mend family and friend relationships, how to maintain recovery and other related financial and personal issues.
What complications are associated with gambling addiction?
People who do not receive treatment for compulsive gambling can experience many complications. The most dangerous complication is an increased risk of suicide. It is important to seek medical help if you or someone you know with compulsive gambling is thinking about suicide. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 800-273-8255.
Other complications of the disorder include:
- Significant loss of money or possessions
- Severe debt
- Legal problems
- Damaged relationships with friends and family