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Gambling Addiction Intervention

Gambling Addiction Intervention

Gambling addiction is a very serious addiction that affects millions of people every year. Gambling, though an activity, can be just as addictive and dangerous as addiction to drugs or alcohol. Gambling addiction can cost a person their family, friends, self-respect, and financial well-being. Gambling addicts with families put their loved ones at risk as well, as severe cases can have devastating effects.

Addiction to gambling develops the same way as addiction to drugs or alcohol. Just one win can cause a person to experience a high, a state of euphoria often caused by a rush of adrenaline associated with the risk of gambling. Gambling addicts develop a need to feel that rush over and over again.

Similar to building up a tolerance, a gambling addict will gamble more frequently and need to put increasingly large amounts money on the line in order to feel the same level high. If left to progress long enough, gambling addiction can lead to financial ruin and criminal activity, if a person resorts to stealing to fuel their addiction. Gambling addiction can also cause depression and anxiety, which may lead a person to abuse drugs and/or alcohol as a means of escape.

Staging an Intervention

An intervention is a structured meeting between an addict and his or her family members and close loved ones, as well as a professional interventionist. The goal of an intervention is to help a gambling addict come to terms with his or her addiction and to agree to enter a treatment program.

An intervention is usually a two-step process. First, an addict’s family and loved ones meet with an interventionist to learn about the intervention process and about the disease of addiction. This precursor to the actual intervention is where each person learns his or her specific role in the intervention and the whole event is carefully planned out. The second step involves meeting with the addict. Hopefully, after each family member has had a chance to express his or her love and concern, the addict will agree to enter a treatment program. If the intervention is a success, then the interventionist and/or a family member will escort the addict to a rehab facility. The following steps are an example of what each family member might say when addressing the gambling addict:

  • Letting the addict know how much he means to others, and he is worth saving
  • Motivating the addict to willingly seek out treatment and to participate in the recovery process
  • Willingness to learn about the recovery process so that they can help the addict in any way possible
  • Willingness to help the addict transition back into the family and other social environments after treatment is completed.

Interventions can be a “surprise,” where the addicted individual is unaware that she is walking into an intervention. Interventions can also be invitational. The idea of an invitational intervention sometimes scoffed at, but they can be surprisingly successful. In an invitational intervention, the addicted individual is asked to take part in the entire process. This can be beneficial in comparison to a surprise intervention because it makes the addicted individual an empowered part of the process. This eliminates the chance of an angry response that is possible with surprise interventions.

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