GamCare's Anna Hemmings discusses tackling problem gambling with cCBT

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 In recent years, the number of gambling addicts increased significantly. Being informed and asking for help in time is the only way to get ahead and overcome the pathological addiction to gambling and gambling.


Gambling is a psychological disease, in which the addict not only loses the goods and affections of it but also the ability to decide and carry out responsible actions
«Paula always liked slot machines. When she went with her husband to Madrid, her favourite plan was to spend 2 or 3 hours seeing if the chance was with her, but it was just that: fun. Since his partner died, control got out of hand, he bet even what he did not have, he lost his home and now lives in a pension and hardly sees his children or grandchildren anymore, “says Miriam, the close friend of Paula. This story is just one of many others that invite us to reflect on compulsive gambling.

The loss of a loved one, loneliness, a love affair, or simply a difficult moment, added to the wide range of casinos and bingo halls, contribute to lead to gambling.

“Although there are a variety of ages, it is now common for younger boys, when they turn 18, to get together to do ‘the preview’ at a betting house, or they meet to play poker for money”

“We must bear in mind that it is a disease, not a vice as is still believed” (AP)
“You have to bear in mind that it is a disease”
What is compulsive gambling? It is a disease of a psychological nature, in which the addict not only loses the goods and affections of it, but also the ability to decide and carry out responsible actions.

«The person who suffers from this pathology finds in the game something more than fun. That plus can be an adrenaline sensation, as well as an exit that allows you to forget the problem you are going through »

Most of the time, it is the other one — a family member, friend, or partner — who can alert us if we are about to cross that fine line between entertainment and addiction. Although, according to specialists, although it is very difficult, it is important that oneself stop to think and reflect on the amount of time that he spends in that place, as well as on what he is losing.

The specialists affirm that «It is necessary to bear in mind that it is a disease, not a vice as is still believed. It must be taken very seriously since on some occasions it leads to ideas and suicide attempts and/or it masks serious psychiatric pathologies, hence the need for medical and psychological assistance ».

False illusions

The lie begins to dominate the speeches, and the addict believes that the only way out of this bad moment is to continue in that direction
The lie begins to dominate the speeches, and the addict believes that the only way out of this bad moment is to continue in that direction
The person who is submerged in this world of coins, roulette wheels and random promises believes that he is going to “save” himself from a bad economic or emotional situation. Melanie Klein, the Austrian psychoanalyst of the 20th century, explained that “the child calms his anxiety in the game, where what is suffered passively becomes active and changes pain into pleasure.”

«The gambler finds an escape from the basic problems that he is suffering from. The typical expression of the player is: ‘I go into the casino and I forget all the problems, and this is not the case “.

In addition, the person who suffers from this disease isolates himself and leaves the things he likes aside. The lie begins to dominate the speeches, and the addict believes that the only way out of this bad moment is to continue in that direction.

“Although common characteristics are shared, the important thing is to know that behind there is a person with a particular way of relating to the bet, with a history, anguish and unresolved duels, and great helplessness in the face of a compulsion that overcomes him”

Warning signs

The person turns to family, friends or third parties for financial assistance as a result of gambling
The person turns to family, friends or third parties for financial assistance as a result of gambling
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders describes the following criteria to diagnose the behaviour of a pathological gambler, considering the coincidence with five of them sufficient to determine the existence of compulsive behaviour.

1. Worry. The subject has frequent thoughts about experiences related to the game, whether present, past or product of fantasy.

2. Tolerance. It requires higher or more frequent bets to experience the same excitement.

3. Abstinence. Restlessness or irritability associated with attempts to stop or reduce play activity.

4. Evasion. Play to improve your mood or get out of trouble.

5. Rematch. Try to recoup the losses of the game with the same game.

6. Lies. He does not tell the truth about the money and time he spends on

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