A gambling addiction occurs when an individual has uncontrollable and excessive urges to gamble, even if gambling has negative consequences on his or her life. Gambling addicts often lie to family members to cover up their problems, steal money to fulfill their need for gambling and cause great harm to their loved ones. If you live with a gambling addict and want to find help for him or her, know that it will be a long and difficult process, but that there is help available for you and your family.
The Rimrock Foundation
The Rimrock Foundation in Billings, Montana, for instance, has both intensive outpatient and impatient programs. Each treatment program is flexible and is tailored to the specific problems and needs that each patient faces. The treatment components of gambling addictions include medical assessments, psychological evaluations, individual and group therapy and educational lectures.
The Rimrock Foundation also appreciates that the families of an addict suffer as well. The Foundation has helped pioneer family treatment and therapy to help alleviate the affects of a gambling addiction. The intensive family week program intends to help all family members cope with the process of addiction recovery.
Located in Prescott, Arizona, ABC ALGAMUS is another recovery center option. When a patient is admitted to the facility, the ABC ALGAMUS staff evaluates the gambler’s needs to successfully integrate the 12 steps of Gambler’s Anonymous with individual, group and family therapy sessions to help the addict make necessary lifestyle changes. Once patients have completed the inpatient program, they can move to the intensive outpatient and traditional outpatient programs.