Gambling addiction or compulsive gambling is becoming a growing problem in Ireland with the advent of the ability to gamble online. This is really a control issue in that problem gamblers find that they just can’t seem to control the impulse to gamble even though it may be hurting themselves or their loved ones.
If you’re pre-occupied with betting, spending more time and money on it, you may have a gambling problem. Hypnotherapy can successfully help you to regain a sense of control and deal with the triggers of your addictive behaviour in a more appropriate way, without gambling.
Triggers Of Gambling Addiction
Many people find that unpleasant or negative emotions trigger of the impulse to gamble. Things like stress, depression, loneliness, fear, anxiety, and low self-image can all cause you to feel that compulsion to gamble. The good feelings that you get when you win give your subconscious a powerful message – that your addiction is the way to achieving happiness, good feelings, and relief from those troubling negative emotions.
Gambling – A Secret Addiction
With a drug addict, the physical signs are fairly obvious. It’s the same with an alcohol addict – you can smell the alcohol, or witness the drunken behaviour. Gambling is different in that there can be very little outward signs for loved ones to pick up on. Because it’s not that noticeable, there is much more scope for the addict to lie and cover up their problem.
Gambling Addiction – The First Step
The first step with any addiction is owning up – to yourself and perhaps to any others you deem appropriate – to the fact that you have an addiction. Admitting the extent of the problem is sometimes the hardest thing to do, but no therapy will work effectively unless you are at least honest with yourself.
Effective Treatment With Hypnotherapy
Hypnotherapy can help you to re-establish control, to re-focus on what’s really important in your life and to overcome the triggers that led you into gambling addiction in the first place. Some people may require additional assistance to become gambling-free and sometimes it’s appropriate to join a 12-step program locally in addition to hypnotherapy.
When you are ready to overcome your gambling addiction, Cork’s leading Clinical Hypnotherapist can help. Call Paul today on 086 2666670 or CLICK HERE to enquire online and to arrange your FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION