15:05 05 February 2013
Compulsive gamblers need more than just kind words from their friends and family members in order to get their lives back. Just like substance abuse, gambling addiction requires professional treatment.
Treatments for pathological or compulsive gambling require an integrated, tailor-fit approach to individual patients. Treatments usually consist of individual therapy, group therapy, and other structured recovery programs. There is a better chance of recovery if the patients receive support from his family and friends.
The first step to getting treatment is getting the patient to recognize his/her problem. Until he/she is fully aware of his/her addiction, no treatment will work.
Treatment programs for gambling addiction will only be successful if the patient commits to it 100per cent. He/she must do the work and participate on activities designed to help him/her recover.
Aside from counseling, professionals also use medications to help compulsive gamblers get better. These drugs include seizure medications, antidepressants, and medications that block opioid receptors.
These drugs are used to help compulsive gamblers curb their symptoms. However, they will only work when used in conjunction with professional counselling.
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