Gambling addiction may seem to be relatively harmless when you compare it with other addictions like drugs or alcohol, but be warned, appearances are deceptive. While the physical signs may not be quite the same, the sad fact is that many people who suffer from a gambling problem often contemplate suicide. Gamblers can dig themselves into a hole so deep that they believe there is no way out–yet they always feel just one big win away from sorting out their financial problems.The real truth about a gambling addiction is that it rarely stands alone. Many gamblers have other addiction problems to deal with–alcohol or tobacco being the most common. Many problem gamblers also suffer from anxiety and depression. Gamblers are, by nature, a secretive group of people, so it is difficult to ascertain how many people in America suffer from a gambling addiction. In fact, people who suffer from gambling addiction rarely admit to any problems until it is too late–heading closer and closer to financial and emotional meltdown while chasing that elusive win which will solve all of their problems.One of the main problems with gambling addiction is sorting out the debts which are left behind. People who are living in recovery after treatment for alcohol addiction, for example, can go out and get a job to return to some sort of normal life, but gamblers who owe twice or even three times their annual income have difficulty and often find living beyond the problem a daunting task. You can learn to live without alcohol and drugs, but you cannot live without money.Family members, and even gamblers themselves, struggle to comprehend that gambling is an addictive behavior. There is such a sense of shame and stigma that surrounds gambling problems, so gambling addicts often feel they have some sort of moral failing. Many even feel such a deep sense of shame and guilt that their partners have no idea that the problem even exists until they open a credit card statement or the credit collection agencies start calling.Help is available, yet many fail to seek treatment – often thinking that they can handle the problem themselves, or not realizing that treatment is available. Addiction treatment centers, many of the same ones that specialize in drug and alcohol addiction recovery, have the capability to help those suffering from a gambling addiction find solace as they strive to overcome their addiction. It is always best to partner with an addiction treatment facility that has the ability to treat co-occurring disorders and is staffed with a variety of specialists to help administer therapies and group accountability meetings. Aftercare programs are important as well, and alumni groups should be available to help ensure that a former patient is sticking with their road to recovery.
There are a few techniques that a hypnotherapist could use and implement to help you stop the horrible habit of gambling. These will be listed as follows:Direct Suggestion Gambling HypnosisUsed in nearly all forms of hypnotherapy, direct suggestion will be used to treat the addiction. Simple statements such as:”from this moment on, you’ll find healthy, positive means to relieve stress and anxiety”- is a good example of direct suggestionAge Regression Hypnosis for GamblingWith this method, the hypnotist will take the client back to the instance where a subconscious connection was made between the activity of gambling and throwing away money with a desired outcome. This strategy may have meant to the subconscious mind that a method was in place to deal with a stress or anxiety caused from some other means i.e. Stressful work life or trauma.Future Pacing Hypnotherapy for GamblingThe hypnotherapist will have the client think of the future in a positive manner. Getting him or her to experience life in the future that doesn’t involve the use of money and gambling to achieve an outcome. He may have him or her see their life or a moment in their life examining the benefits of not gambling. For example, the hypnotherapist may have the client be on holiday with the money saved from not gambling. This creates a positive expectancy but also the process internally eases the transition to that livelihood. In a hypnotic trance it’s much easier to imagine scenarios that it sometimes is in normal conscious state.Disassociation The therapist will try and create a separation between the mental activity and the typical patterning that occurs causes the outcome of throwing away money. When the pattern is interrupted or changed, it makes the process easier for the human mind to change that patterning and do something else in exchange for addictive behaviour. Many people have set regimes that lend itself to destructive habits. By changing these routines, we make it easier to change the undesired outcomes.If any other hypnotherapists are reading this please send in your tips and techniques so that I post them here.