Learn to identify the obstacles and take the first step
Problem gambling, just like any other addiction, is a serious condition in need of treatment. However, many of those suffering the effects of gambling addiction are hesitant of, or even hostile to the idea of seeking help with addiction recovery.
We’ve identified four of the most common barriers to problem gamblers seeking treatment…and what you can do to make them disappear.
#1. The Person is not ready
It’s a simple fact: genuine recovery from problem gambling can’t happen without the victim’s will to quit.
The source of this obstacle is often that the victim does not realize the severity of the problem. No matter how clearly the habit is impacting them, their loved ones, finances, and overall quality of life, you can’t force a person to accept treatment if they’re not ready.
However, even those who do recognise the impact of their habit on their life may still resist treating the problem, because they’re not ready to confront the issue head-on.
#2. Stigma and shame
There is no single cause of problem gambling; we’ve identified plenty of potential factors, including emotional state, psychological disorders, sudden life changes and loss. Despite that though, the shame associated with problem gambling is still very intense.
Although you may understand that addiction is not a moral failure, it can often feel that way due to the stigma surrounding the issue. That sense of shame prolongs the silence and keeps the addiction going. Many victims of problem gambling will spend years suffering before admitting the problem to family members, a friend, or a therapist, and finally asking for help.
#3. Access to treatment
Even amongst problem gamblers who want to seek treatment, many will never even begin their search for help because they assume that they can’t afford it. This is a perception fuelled largely by the association between addiction recovery and intensive inpatient care and ongoing treatment.
The truth is that there are plenty of affordable treatment options available to help victims contend with problem gambling. With the right support and therapy options, problem gamblers can take a stand against addiction from the comfort of their own home.
#4. Unsure where to start
It’s scary and confusing when you’re in the grip of addiction. Many victims of addiction want help, but don’t know where to turn or who to ask because of the stigma attached to problem gambling.
The truth is that the recovery process begins with cutting off one’s ability to gamble. Once the temptation is removed, the victim can move on to identify the triggers that cause their problem gambling and begin their path to recovery.
That’s where gamban® comes in.
gamban® is the first step on the long road to recovery. The innovative, cross-platform technology allows problem gamblers to block online gambling sites, enabling a fully-focused and genuine recovery.
- Private: removes the shame and stigma of addiction with a discrete and personal approach to prevent gambling.
- Affordable: the low cost puts gamban’s technology within reach for everyone.
- Proactive: gamban doesn’t just block gambling activity, it redirects users to resources that will aid them in the recovery process.
The road to full recovery from addiction is not easy, but taking the first step is very simple.
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