Excessive gambling is a behavioral addiction in which the gambler strives for a repeated high from engaging in a high-risk activity. And like other addictions, the consequences worsen as the risks increase in an often-vain effort to achieve that wanted high. Symptoms of gambling abuse include secrecy, running up unmanageable debts, and destroying one’s cherished relationships.
Treatment for gambling addiction works much the same as for a substance addiction, and many of the same post-acute withdrawal symptoms – grief, anger, loss, sadness, anxiety, and shame emerge even without the need for any detoxification.
UR can help an individual recover from a gambling addiction through group therapy, family therapy, personal counseling and the facilitation of adaptive coping skills.