Help For Problem Gambling
Note: Although some behavioral conditions that do not involve ingestion of substances have similarities to substance-related disorders, only one disorder-Gambling Disorder-has sufficient data to be included in this section. – DSM-V, Non-Substance-Related Disorders p.586.
Addictions of ALL kinds are on the rise. For many years, I have specialized in treating most addictions. Although men are still more likely to die from prescription pain killers. Consider this:
1)Nearly 48,000 women died of prescription painkiller* overdoses between 1999 and 2010.
2)Deaths from prescription painkiller overdoses among women have increased more than 400% since 1999, compared to 265% among men.
3)For every woman
who dies a prescription painkiller overdose, 30 go to the emergency department for painkiller misuse or abuse.
4)About 18 women die every day of a prescription painkiller overdose in the US, more than 6,600 deaths in 2010. Prescription painkiller overdoses are an under-recognized and growing problem for women. (Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Gambling is now the only other medically recognized addiction besides alcohol and drug addiction. Consider the following:
1)The rate of suicide for gambling addiction is twice higher than any other addiction. Suicide risk can be difficult to assess. With other addictions, the individual is often under the influence when they become suicidal. In contrast, a gambler may think, ‘If I don’t win back the money with this bet, I’m going to kill myself.’ It is an important element of gambling addiction therapy to assess often for suicide.
2) Giving control of all money to a family member is a standard of care for gambling addiction therapy. This includes credit cards and bank accounts.
3) 50% suffer with alcohol addiction.
4) 75% suffer with a mood disorder.
5) Couples and family therapy is essential when delivering gambling addiction therapy.
6) Medication Evaluation is often indicated.
Since 2002, I have delivered counseling to over 500 individuals seeking help specifically for Gambling Disorder. I have provided general addiction counseling to over 1000 clients and patients in hospital and office settings. If you or a family member need help with gambling alcohol drug counseling, you can make an instant appointment or call me at 404-985-6785.