Compulsive gambling affects about 5 percent of the population, or around 15 million people. If we include those who are at the threshold between problem gambling and gambling addiction, that figure may increase to as much as 30 percent of the population, or up to 40 million people.
Gambling addiction rarely exists alone. As many as 80 percent of clients seeking treatment for gambling addiction also have co-occurring addictions such as alcohol or drug abuse and other mental health disorders. Up to one-third of clients with gambling addiction suffer from a personality disorder, particularly narcissistic, histrionic or borderline personality disorder, or a mood disorder.
It is important to note that other factors can contribute to or predate the onset of gambling addiction, including family dysfunction, child abuse, codependency and substance abuse. But alcoholism is the most common co-occurring addiction with compulsive gambling.
Our Mississippi drug rehab has an onsite certified compulsive gambling counselor with almost three decades of experience helping those with gambling addictions and substance abuse. We also address co-occurring process addictions, including compulsive gambling, at other treatment centers in our nationwide network. The goals of gambling addiction treatment are to:
The overarching goal of our compulsive gambling programs is to help clients develop skills for lifelong recovery from all destructive behaviors.
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