Gambling Addiction

Gambling can be a harmless form of sport and entertainment. However, it becomes a problem if it negatively affects a person’s finances, relationships and job. At Henry Ford Maplegrove Center, the home for addiction treatment at Henry Ford Behavioral Health Services, our specialists work with patients to stop the cycle of gambling addiction.

Gambling addiction treatment in Michigan

Our addiction therapy experts have extensive experience and training in treating gambling addictions. We understand that gambling can cause great emotional and financial distress to families. Often, patients and family members do not recognize there is a problem is until the addiction has advanced and is causing severe consequences.

Addiction is an illness, not a moral issue or matter of self-control. The proper support and treatment can help individuals interrupt the gambling addiction and regain control over their lives.

Gambling addiction: What to expect

Addiction therapy, including therapy for gambling, is a highly individualized process. Our state and nationally certified gambling therapists work with patients and families to conduct a thorough evaluation and tailor a comprehensive treatment plan. Meet the Maplegrove team.

Our addiction therapy works in three phases:

  1. Interruption. Stopping the cycle of addiction and establishing abstinence
  2. Rehabilitation. Facilitating education and therapy so the patient recognizes and accepts the addiction, as well as beginning daily routines of recovery.
  3. Recovery. Implementing ongoing support, including counseling and 12-step meetings, to promote stability and long-term wellbeing.

Treatment options include:

  • Therapeutic evaluation
  • Individual therapy and support groups

Gambling addiction assessment

Like many illnesses, gambling addiction is easiest to treat when we diagnose it early. If you suspect that you or a loved one may suffer from a gambling addiction, make an appointment with one of our addiction specialists. Here is a self-assessment you can perform at home. If you answer “yes” to seven questions or more, you may have a gambling addiction:

  • Do you ever lose time from work or school due to gambling?
  • Has gambling ever made your home life unhappy?
  • Does gambling affect your reputation?
  • Have you ever felt remorse after gambling?
  • Have you ever gambled to get money to pay debts or solve financial difficulties?
  • Does gambling cause a decrease in your ambition or efficiency?
  • After losing, do you feel you must return as soon as possible to win back your losses?
  • After a win, do you have a strong urge to return and win more?
  • Do you often gamble until your last dollar is gone?
  • Have you ever borrowed to finance your gambling?
  • Have you ever sold anything to finance gambling?
  • Are you reluctant to use "gambling money" for normal expenditures?
  • Does gambling make you careless of the welfare of yourself or family?
  • Do you ever gamble to escape worry or trouble?
  • Do you ever gamble longer than you intend?
  • Have you ever committed, or considered committing, an illegal act to finance gambling?
  • Does gambling cause you to have difficulty sleeping?
  • Do arguments, disappointments or frustrations create an urge to gamble?
  • Do you ever have an urge to celebrate any good fortune by a few hours of gambling?
  • Have you ever considered self-destruction or suicide because of gambling?
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