Withdrawal Symptoms of Gambling Addiction

People who have not struggled with a compulsive disorder may be surprised to hear that recovering from a gambling addiction isn’t always something that can be stopped cold turkey by oneself. Gambling addiction disorder is a serious issue and requires a detox that is remarkably similar to quitting an addiction to alcohol or drugs. Detoxing from gambling comes with its very own set of withdrawal symptoms.


As with all withdrawals, gambling addiction withdrawals are different per person and depending how long it’s been a problem. There symptoms include but are not limited to:

  • Cravings to gamble
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches
  • Muscle soreness
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Diarrhea

Finding a Replacement

The reason why gambling detox is remarkably similar to coming off a drug makes more sense when we realize that drugs just stimulate chemical processes in the brain such as a release of dopamine or endorphins. In essence, the compulsion actually was acting as a drug in the brain. The good news is that there are other, healthier activates that can also release these chemicals without exhausting our bank accounts and requiring us to lead double lives.

One of the most common substitutes is running, swimming, and other types of exercise. These activities also produce a sort of high but one that is generally agreed to be much healthier. There are many other activities you can do, and it is important to create a plan for substitution activities you can engage in when you get the urge to gamble. It’s also beneficial to form a support group with peers who understand what you’re going through and may have been there themselves.

Gambling treatment centers are also available to help when the struggle is more than you can cope with on your own. You don’t have to lead a double life and you don’t have to do this on your own. Find some help today for your gambling addiction. Call us at (844) 299-0618.

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