Compulsive gambling is a kind of addiction, that nobody is immune from. The line between fun pastime and unhealthy obsession with serious consequences can be very subtle. Regardless of whether you are betting on sports, playing poker in a closed private club or can not tear yourself away from a computer game – this is a problem that inevitably affects relationships with family and friends, affects your work and often leads to financial ruin and total isolation. Compulsive gambling is an addictive disorder — the uncontrollable urge to keep gambling despite the consequences.
Moreover, the risk of suicide among gamblers is even higher than among people with drug or alcohol addiction. This is due to the fact that at a time when a person who suffers from a game addiction is confronted with the consequences of his actions, he has a crushing fall in self-esteem. Hopelessness and despair makes it look like there is only one way out.
That’s why it’s extremely important to take immediate action as soon as you notice signs of game addiction. Call our free and anonymous hotline at the top of this page if you think someone you know has a gambling problem.
It is the urge to continue to play despite the devastating consequences that distinguishes the compulsive gambling from a mere hobby. In this regard, pathological gambling is not that different from drug addiction. For this reason, the most successful clinics that deal with the treatment of gambling addiction usually have a background in drug addiction treatment.
At the International Medical Center IMC we’ve created specialised squad for people who suffers from gambling addiction.
Unlike other clinics, where patients with different types of addiction - alcohol, drugs, gambling - are treated together, at the IMC center clients with gambling problems and computer games addiction do not overlap with the residents of the drug addiction squad. "Despite the fact that the nature of addictive behaviour is similar in many respects, we consider it necessary to separate customers with different "objects" of addiction", explains Roman Yuzapolsky, founder of the international medical center for addiction IMC. "This approach provides a comfortable therapeutic environment and helps clients experience identification with other participants in the program".
One medical term lasts 21 days. Depending on the client's motivation and the degree of his involvement in the therapeutic process, the full course of treatment is from one to three terms.
At first, it is extremely important to collect the anamnesis and evaluate of the rehabilitation potential. If the person does not see the problem nor consider the treatment of gaming addiction necessary, experienced specialists with the support of the relatives and friends conduct a set of motivational activities. As a result of this intervention technique, 98.8% of clients agree to undergo a course of treatment.
Then the genetic testing for predisposition to addiction is carried out at IMC clinic. This test identifies specific genes and their variations, which can predict who is at greatest risk of forming addictive behaviour. A number of hereditary factors can lead to an imbalance of neurotransmitters – for example, dopamine, norepinephrine, serotonin – and their receptors. Since they play a significant role in the process of addiction development, the data obtained by genetic testing make it possible at an early stage to prescribe an adequate medical and psychotherapeutic correction, to choose the correct treatment scheme, and therefore to provide the best result of treatment.
To help a person with an addiction to computer games or gambling, you need to first solve the problems underlying the addiction. Gambling is often accompanied by other cognitive-behavioural disorders. Many people suffering from a pathological urge to the game also suffer from other kinds of addictions, depression, increased anxiety, bipolar disorder. The success of the treatment is determined by the qualification of the specialists who prescribe the treatment regimen. At IMC center we are proud of our team of international-level specialists with tremendous experience in the treatment of compulsive gambling and video games addiction.
After the client has been given adequate medication and associated problems are solved, the next step is rehabilitation. The main aim is to help person get back to a habitual life free of compulsive gambling. At this stage, the program includes individual work with a psychotherapist, participation in small psychotherapeutic groups, lectures and trainings aimed at identifying personal resources that allow coping with addiction. Also, the program includes identifying the triggers – factors that provoke an urge to play. For example, for someone, gambling was a source of excitement and adrenaline – specialist recommend such clients to find an exciting sport or hobby that will bring similar emotions without destructive consequences. Those who, with the help of the game, tried to mute some unpleasant emotions, are offered a set of tools that help cope with the mood swings without having to gamble.
Call our hotline now, and our specialists will provide detailed information about the treatment program and answer all your questions. Do not postpone this call – remember, when it comes to gaming addiction, the human life is at stake.