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Gambling Addiction Treatment – Definition – AddictionZ | AddictionZ
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Gambling Addiction Treatment – Definition – AddictionZ

Gambling Addiction Treatment

Gambling is a usually thought of as a harmless socially acceptable activity. Since it is so common and so socially acceptable, it is often hard to tell if the activity has turned into harmful compulsive gambling.

Gambling addiction is called an action addiction, in which the gambler’s drug is self-produced.

Gambling disease affects everyone that has a disposition to compulsive and addictive behaviors, whether you are a Bingo Player, casino gambler, or have sports betting problems the solutions are the same.

All gambling produces adrenalin ( the fight or flight drug )and endorphins, self-produced by your own bodies reaction to the risk taken. The body in turn becomes tolerant and  familiar with the drug as it is repeated Therefore compulsive gamblers need to experience a greater risk – higher bet  – to get the same high.

Root causes need to be addressed for long-term success.

Do You Have A Gambling Addiction?

Take this short compulsive gambling test to find out if you have a problem. Please answer the questions as honestly as possible.

  1. Do you spend more time gambling than you do at any other activity you enjoy?
  2. Do you gamble during lunch hours or after work?
  3. Do you plan holidays around gambling?
  4. Do you fail to set spending limits for yourself?
  5. When you lose money, do you keep trying to “get even?”
  6. Are you always broke and borrowing and scheming to get more money?
  7. Are you spending less time with family and friends?
  8. Do you suffer from any of the following health issues: stress, insomnia, loss of appetite, heart problems, high blood pressure, hypertension, or back or neck pain?
  9. Are you missing work (or arriving late) on a regular basis?

Answering one or two of these question yes indicates a problem.


It is a well-known and accepted fact that to recover fully from any addiction, three specific areas need to be properly addressed and effectively treated.

Here is another version of the Jellinek chart adapted to Gambling Addiction.

Gambling addiction treatment
Jellinek Chart adapted for Gambling Addiction Treatment

Three Tips for Arresting a Gambling Addiction

  • Banning yourself from local casinos is possible in most areas
  • Avoid “all” betting is best approach even small bets.
  • Attend at least one Gamblers Anonymous Meeting a week.

 Breaking the Cycle Gambling Addiction

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Gambler Workbook Gambling Addiction
Gambler Workbook Gambling Addiction


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