Gambling addiction is an impulse control disorder. Compulsive gamblers cannot control their desire to gamble, even knowing it is hurting them and their loved ones. Problem gambling is any gambling behavior that disrupts one’s life. If an individual is preoccupied with the activity, spends excessive time engaged in it, chases losses, or experiences conflict with others regarding it, then he or she has a problem.
Gambling strains relationships, interferes with work, and leads to financial ruin. With the right help, one can overcome a gambling problem or addiction.
Therapy helps relieve feelings of stress, depression, loneliness, fear and anxiety. It provides ways to resist the urge to gamble and focuses on changing unhealthy thought patterns and false beliefs.