Gambling Addiction and Credit Card Debt

Gambling Addiction and Credit Card DebtAddiction, even to behaviors such as gambling, is a disease of the brain that can take over one’s thought processes. Addiction compels the addict to do whatever is needed to satisfy the addiction. In the case of a gambling addiction, what the addiction requires is money. Gambling addicts will do whatever they need to do in order to continue gambling, which often means going into debt.

Fueling Gambling Addiction with Credit Cards

When a gambling addict has access to credit, he is likely to use it to finance gambling. The addict will often continue to use the line of credit for gambling as long as it is available. Gambling addicts often find it difficult to quit after a loss because they think that the next gamble might be a winner. The gambling addict often feels that, as soon as he starts winning, the debt can be erased. Unfortunately, gambling debts can often multiply exponentially, and the gambling addict can end up with significant amounts of credit card debt spent on nothing but gambling losses.

Treatment for Gambling Addiction

Since gambling addiction does not involve physical dependence on a substance, treatment commonly consists of traditional cognitive and behavioral models of psychotherapy in both individual and group settings. Counseling can help address issues in the patient’s life that may have contributed to the addiction. Patients can learn to recognize and deal with thoughts that may trigger gambling behavior and to avoid situations that may trigger relapse. Long-term follow-up counseling can help gambling addicts in recovery to maintain their resolve to avoid gambling when relapse triggers occur.

Support groups based on the twelve steps of Alcoholics Anonymous may also help those struggling with gambling addiction. Gamblers’ support groups can provide encouragement, empathy, camaraderie and long-term support for recovery. Recovering addicts often meet personal sponsors through support groups. Support groups are often a safe place where recovering addicts can feel understood and trust the other members enough to share personal details of their addictions. Learning about the struggles of others during support group meetings can also help to provide insight into one’s own addiction.

Finding Help for Gambling Addiction

If you or someone you love is struggling with a gambling addiction and needs treatment, we can help. The counselors on our toll-free helpline are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you may have about gambling addiction and treatment. Please call now.