Compulsive Gambling Addictive Disorder

As a result of Compulsive Gambling fitting all of the criteria for an emotional illness (as described in the Diagnostic Statistical Manual 5 – the American Psychiatric Association’s classification and diagnosis tool), the APA officially classified Pathological Gambling as an addictive disorder in 2013, making it the first addiction that has ever been classified that does not involve substance use. However, prior to this classification, Compulsive Gambling was viewed as an immoral lifestyle or a bad habit. This incorporation of Gambling Addiction in the Diagnostic Statistical Manual 5 is a significant step towards effective treatment for this devastating condition.

gambling addiction program

While there is a wide range of treatment options for individuals who suffer from addiction to drugs or alcohol or other behavioral and mental illnesses, unfortunately, there are very few resources for helping people who are suffering from Gambling Addiction. At FHE Health, this is not the case. Our facility offers one of the only secondary treatment tracks specifically designed to treat individuals who struggle with a gambling addiction or compulsive gambling as a secondary disorder.

High Rollers – Our Gambling Addiction Program

  • Susan Naverson
    Susan Naverson
    Gambling Program Therapist
FHE Health has developed a specific program for gambling addiction called the “High Rollers” Program. Beginning at our residential treatment facility, this program provides individuals who are struggling with compulsive gambling continuous therapeutic, clinical, and psychiatric care to aid them on their road to recovery. Your medical doctor, psychiatrist, clinician, and case manager will work side by side in conducting an initial assessment in order to customize a treatment plan to fit your needs. Treatment can include a variety of innovative therapies and neurological treatments to create the best possible well-rounded approach to addiction care. Residential Inpatient Treatment is highly recommended for all people struggling with addiction because it is the highest level of care offered, and has the best results.

Specific Treatment Methods for Gambling

The National Council on Problem Gambling estimates that around six million people in the United States suffer from a compulsive gambling problem that warrants treatment, and many of those people are suffering from a substance addiction as well. In addition, other studies have shown that there is a significant lack of Gambling Addiction treatment services for those who need help. At FHE Health, our aim is to bridge that gap and offer comprehensive treatment for individuals seeking help for compulsive gambling behavior alongside treatment for substance abuse.

Our evidence-based gambling treatment track was developed by clinicians with years of experience in this field and has helped over 1,200 patients who have suffered from gambling and substance addiction. People who struggle with compulsive gambling require treatment plans that address every aspect of their disease, from mental health concerns to social conditions. Every patient’s path is different, so each person’s needs are also addressed differently in order to create an effective treatment plan that is tailored to that individual.

After developing solutions targeted toward addressing primary needs, patients in the compulsive gambling addiction program move into the individualized therapeutic care phase and recovery process, where we focus on care for the mind, body, and spirit. During this phase, patients identify core issues and internal characteristics that produce negative circumstances in their lives that have fueled their gambling addiction, in order to assist them in getting on the right path to resolving these problems and develop healthier patterns of living.

Neuro for Compulsive Gambling

For almost every illness or medical condition, physiological measures are used to make a diagnosis, such as x-rays, blood tests, and electrocardiograms. At FHE Health, we believe that these same evaluations should be administered in order to treat addiction. As we continue to learn more about how the brain, addiction, and mental illness work, we continue to find ways to more accurately diagnose addiction and track success during treatment.

While other treatment centers diagnose based only the description of symptoms, we utilize an 8-Tier Neuro-Rehabilitative Treatment process, which includes analysis based on brain imaging, genetic blood testing, and other advanced protocols, which helps us to provide our clients with a full picture of their condition. Utilizing state-of-the-art systems allows us to personalize your treatment plan to fit your specific needs. These diagnostic tools are also employed as a means to scientifically track the progression of treatment, and may even help to predict relapses.

Family Program

Addiction now only affects the individual that is struggling with their disease, it also affects everyone around them and strikes their family the hardest. Gambling can affect families in various ways. Most people struggling with a Compulsive Gambling addiction are able to hide it for a very long time, and families – spouses especially – are shocked when they hear how much money has been lost. A gambling addiction can cause one’s family to struggle with many emotional problems, such as anger, betrayal, and grief. More importantly, a gambling addiction can lead to mental health problems for family members, such as stress, anxiety, and depression, which eventually take a toll on their physical health. Family members, children, in particular, begin to feel forgotten and that it is their fault, which can lead to poor behavior, such as getting in trouble at school or turning to drugs or alcohol.

Some families are able to get through a Compulsive Gambling addiction together and grow stronger from it, but for the most part, most relationships do not survive a gambling addiction. At FHE Health, we strive to give every patient the opportunity for a better life, not just for themselves, but for their families as well. Our medically integrated programs, which include family therapy sessions, will help both you and your family members to identify core issues and internal characteristics that produce negative circumstances that lead to your gambling addiction.

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