Gambling addiction affects people from all walks of life. It’s a relatively common phenomenon for professional executives based in London and other major cities. The pressures of work coupled with easy access to luxury casinos make for a dangerous combination. And of course, online adds to the risks of developing an addiction as it’s so easy to go online and join games of poker, roulette etc. It also makes it far easier to relapse for recovering addicts. We’re here to help you spot the signs and symptoms of an addiction.

This addiction is also known as compulsive gambling or gambling disorder. It’s an impulse-control disorder which means a person cannot stop themselves from acting on an inclination or impulse. A person living with gambling addiction is compelled to gamble, even when it begins to take control of their lives.

At what point does gambling become an addiction?

If gambling is interfering or having a negative impact on your life, work, family and relationships then it’s becoming an addiction. If you carry on like this, even when the odds are against you and you can’t afford to lose, it’s time to seek help.

Over time, this addiction can take over more and more of your life. A compulsive gambler finds themselves preoccupied with gambling and spends more money and time on trying to win. Eventually, even affluent professionals’ finances can take a serious hit from gambling.

It’s important to understand that it doesn’t have to be totally out of control for it to be an addiction. Being an addict doesn’t mean that you have to be gambling every day or that it’s not really a problem if you have the financial resources for it. If this addiction is disrupting your life, it’s an addiction that needs to be overcome.

If you are or know of someone who is exhibiting the signs and symptoms of gambling addiction then get in touch with Step One Recovery today. At our state of the art centre based on the Costa Blanca in Spain we will guide you step by step through a cleansing process to get your life back on track and away from the all-consuming distractions of your addiction.

For more information on our programmes or about our centre please check our website and blogs and you will be sure to find the knowledge you acquire, should this still not be enough feel free to call us night or day and we will be more than happy to answer all of your questions and help get your life back on track.