Sports Betting Addiction
Few things make a big game more exciting than a bet on which team will win or who will beat the spread. But when you gamble more than you can afford or money that is designated for other purposes – like paying the bills or a retirement fund – then gambling has gone beyond entertainment and become something that is far more problematic.
Is sports betting an addictive behavior for you? If so, find out the information you need to stop before the effects do any more damage in your life. Call us at the phone number listed above and get started today.
*Types of Treatment for Sports Betting Addiction
There are a number of different options for dealing with sports betting addiction, and treatment in one of the top exclusive addiction treatment center is one of the most effective because you have access to addiction treatment professionals and personal guidance and support around the clock. Here’s what you can expect:
- Medication. Though rare, some patients who have a serious issue with compulsive behavior may benefit from medication.
- Therapy. What do you get out of sports betting? Is it a high for you? Does it provide you with an escape?
- Support groups. Twelve-step groups like Gamblers Anonymous can play a big part in successfully fighting cravings to gamble. Friends and family of gamblers can find the support they need to help a loved one fight back against the disorder at a 12-step program just for them, Gam-Anon.
*How Family Members of Sports Betters Can Aid the Healing Process
If you love someone who has a problem with gambling, there are things that you can do to make the problem worse – and there are things you can do that will help them be successful in recovery.
- Let them know that you love them no matter what.
- Emphasize the fact that you recognize that gambling addiction is a disorder and not a moral failing.
- Find your own source of support.
- Help your loved one find treatment, enroll in that treatment, and maintain it through therapy sessions and 12-step meetings in the long term.
- Pay off your loved one’s gambling debts. It simply enables them to get into more debt.
- Assume that there will be any overnight changes during sports betting addiction treatment. True healing takes time.
- Micromanage your loved one’s recovery. Holding them accountable doesn’t mean harassing them, lecturing, or signing them up for extra treatment that they don’t want.
- Say you’ll leave/throw them out/cut them off financially or make any other threats unless you intend to actually follow through.
Finding the Right Treatment for Your Needs
Both the family and the gambler are hurt when gambling goes untreated. It’s not just an issue of finances but an issue of trust as well. Family members may be unable to move forward without treatment and gamblers certainly need intensive therapeutic care to deal with underlying issues that may propel the compulsive behavior. Together as a family, there may be specific issues to work on as well.
If you’re ready to find a sports betting addiction treatment program that is ready to help everyone negatively affected by gambling in the family, then contact us today. Our addiction treatment counselors are available night and day to answer your questions and get you started in treatment. Call now.