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Co-Occurring Problem Gambling Treatment

Gambling can be more than a fun game for some people. It can turn into a severe problem, just like drug or alcohol addiction. At Maryville Addiction Treatment Center, we understand this and  offer specialized help for those who struggle with co-occurring problem gambling and substance use.

Signs of Compulsive Gambling

Problem gambling is when someone can’t control their urge to gamble, even if they’re losing a lot of money. It activates the same reward and pleasure centers in the brain as alcohol and drugs. Gamblers get a “high” from gambling that affects their mood and makes them crave it.

It’s crucial to recognize the signs of problem gambling.

  1. Lying: People with a gambling problem often hide it from their loved ones.
  2. Money troubles: They might borrow or even steal money to keep gambling, racking up debts and possible legal problems.
  3. Gambling frequently: Just like with drugs, a person with a gambling problem feels the urge to gamble more to feel the same excitement. One may be unable to stop thinking about the next time they can gamble, even when they should be concentrating on work or other responsibilities.
  4. Using gambling to escape: Relying on gambling to avoid dealing with real-life problems is a red flag.

How Maryville Helps

We offer residential and outpatient services for people dealing with gambling and substance use issues. Here’s what we provide.

  • Individual and group counseling: Talking one-on-one and in groups helps you understand and fight your compulsive behavior.
  • Family counseling: We try to include families in the treatment process because their support is crucial.
  • Education and case management: We teach clients about their addiction and help with other aspects of their cases.
  • Peer support: Compassion from people who have been through the same struggle can be valuable.
  • Aftercare planning: We will map out what to do after your time in treatment ends, including connecting you with ongoing support.

Why Choose Maryville?

Our team of professionals understands the link between gambling and substance use. We treat both problems together, offering a more effective path to recovery. If you or someone you know is struggling with gambling and substance use, Maryville is here to help. Reach out to us to learn more about our programs.

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