It is not just the traditional forms of gambling such as casinos, card games and horses that are cause for concern but also internet gambling. It is impossible to log on to the internet without encountering at least one pop of how you could be richer in the next ten minutes if you click the link to said gambling site. They come in many forms, from online poker to online bingo, it is understandable that so many are addicted what with having gambling opportunities thrust at us every five minutes.
Unfortunately there is currently no government legislation in place that condemns the advertising of gambling like it does with that of cigarettes, alcohol and drugs even though it is an addiction like any other.
Gambling is obsessive compulsive behaviour and offers the ‘high’ of winning which is what spurs the victim to continue.
Surprisingly many addicts report losing as just as addictive as winning because the loss of money posseses them with a desperate hope for gaining control again, leading them to act out compulsively on gambling behaviour.
There are many rehabilitation programme’s currently on offer for those addicted to gambling including both in and out patient facilities depending on the severity of the problem and with treatment and a daily programme of recovery this addiction can be maintained.
Hypnotherapy is now considered effective therapy for smoking and alcohol addictions and could also be effective for certain people with a gambling addiction. It essentially works in the same way as hypnotherapy for other addictions by putting the patient into a state of intense relaxation and enabling access to the subconscious in order to retrain it.
Original story from In2Town Small Business Magazine.