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Gambling Addiction Rehab in Thailand

Treatment Is a Safe Bet in Beautiful Phuket

If you’re still chasing that high when you first won big, but you keep losing your money, perhaps it’s time to consider gambling addiction treatment. Maybe you’ve been caught out and others have discovered your gambling problem and you’re thinking it might be time to get help.

Recovery from gambling addiction is possible – and we at Miracles Asia know how to help. We’ve helped people from all corners of the world quit gambling and live lives free of this devastating compulsion.

We know how to help you break free of this behavioural addiction and we’ll give you the ‘tools’ to stop – and what’s more, stay stopped.
People with gambling addiction need specialised treatment because it’s almost impossible to stop on their own.

If you or a loved one are struggling with gambling addiction, it’s important to get help.

You can’t do this alone and it takes a great deal of help and support to stop gambling in a pathological way.

Our treatment center in Thailand will help you overcome your gambling addiction and get your life back.

What is Gambling Addiction?

Most people who bet don’t have a gambling problem, but some people become compulsive gamblers at some point in their life. People in this group lose control of their betting, to the point that it negatively impacts their life.

Some people progress to pathological gambling, which can be a form of addiction.

People with a gambling addiction can’t control their urge to gamble, even if they are losing a lot of money. They are willing to risk something of value in the hope that the return will be more valuable.

Chances are your gambling started out innocently enough and you placed a bet and maybe even won a large sum of money. Pathological gamblers often start off by getting ‘high’ from that first big win and it’s intoxicating.

But after a while your gambling became more and more of a problem and you found you needed to bet more and more despite taking big hits. The next thing you know, you were in debt and hiding your gambling from others, maybe even not telling the truth to hide your losses.

Gambling addiction ruins the lives of a huge number of people, but recovery is definitely possible. If you’ve decided that you’ve had enough, consider a gambling rehab in Thailand.

Miracles Asia, on the beautiful island of Phuket, set in a luxurious villa, has a treatment program designed just for you.

What are the Symptoms & Signs of Gambling Addiction

If you are addicted to gambling, the consequences can include financial losses, bankruptcy, losing a job, homelessness, mental health conditions and the breakdown of personal relationships.

They can be serious not only for you, but also for members of your family, and for your friends and associates.

Gambling Can Be Fun For Some

Gambling or gaming is a harmless form of entertainment for some people who can stop when they want. But for those of us with the disease of addiction, the high of winning and losing can become highly addictive and can seriously affect the lives of gamblers and their loved ones.

Compulsive gamblers can lose and win thousands of dollars in days, or even hours, because they can’t stop. The ‘high’ that they get with a win can be so exhilarating that they start to crave that type of elation.

Unfortunately, when gamblers lose, the emotional crash of the loss leads them to need a quick fix to regain that high. Their inability to stop gambling, in spite of the terrible consequences, is known as compulsive gambling, problem gambling, or gambling addiction.

With the advent of the internet, being a gambler is even easier. There are so many different forms of gambling and the addicted person doesn’t even need to leave the house to get his or her ‘fix’. Gone are the days of betting only at racetracks, casinos or organized card games.

Research shows that only about eight percent of these people will ask for help for their problem. And yet, the problem is treatable at a gambling addiction rehab, and help is at hand at our gambling addiction treatment center in Phuket, Thailand..

People with gambling addiction often hide their behaviour, but there are warning signs and symptoms that gambling has become a problem for you or someone you know. These may include:

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Missing money or household valuables

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Borrowing money regularly

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Having multiple loans

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Unpaid bills

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Lack of food and household essentials

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Withdrawing from family or at work

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Conflict with others

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Feelings of helplessness, depression, or feeling suicidal

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Unexplained absences from important events or commitments

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Performance at work is affected, taking more sick days.

Warning Signs of Gambling Addiction

It’s important to recognise the warning signs of compulsive gambling. This is the first step to get help, However, it isn’t easy to notice these signs, especially if the person gambling is in denial about his or her problem. It may be that a large sum of money disappears.

There are other signs to watch out for including:

  • Opening a new bank account or applying for new credit cards for no reason
  • Giving up hobbies, time with family or friends or other recreations
  • Holding large amounts of cash which vanish
  • Behaving secretively or defensively about their gambling activities
  • Trouble at work or relational conflict because of losing money
  • Not being able to control how much money is spent on gambling
  • Not being able to stop when they know it’s a problem
  • Betting more and more or borrowing money from illegal sources or stealing money from others
  • Saying sorry over and over but not being able to stop
  • Asking to borrow funds from friends and family with no obvious need for extra cash.
  • Lying about activities or spending habits
  • Spending more and more time online and being defensive or refusing to talk about it.

 

If you have a gambling addiction, you are likely to experience some of the following:

  • Spending more time and money on gambling than you intend to
  • Gambling when you feel anxious, sad or depressed
  • The need to gamble with more and more money to achieve a feeling of excitement
    constant thoughts about gambling
  • Repeated unsuccessful attempts to stop or rein in gambling
  • Irritability or restlessness if you try to stop gambling
  • Resorting to gambling as a way of coping with anxiety or depression, or feelings of helplessness or guilt
  • ‘Chasing’ losses: gambling to win back what has been lost, particularly after heavy losses
  • Lying to cover up the extent of your gambling
  • Losing a relationship or job because of gambling
  • Relying on others for financial support after heavy gambling losses.

People with gambling addiction may be more likely than others to think about or attempt suicide.

Consequences of Pathological Gambling

The most apparent costs of gambling addiction are usually financial. Problem gamblers can lose huge amounts of money in a short timeframe.

But as well as the monetary impact, there are many other consequences – psychological and physical, for example:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Alcohol and other drug abuse
  • Sleeplessness
  • Stomach problems
  • Heart disease
  • Suicide
  • Other behavioural issues such as sex addiction.

By losing vast sums of money, problem gamblers sometimes suffer severe depression, leading to suicidal thinking, self-destructive behaviour like excessive drinking or drugging (especially uppers) and attempted suicide.

The high they can get by winning – or even losing – is a way to push away the despair and depression, if only for a short while. Gambling in this way can become a cycle in which the elation or depression that follows a gambling binge leads to greater risk-taking and making higher bets.

The Cause of Gambling and Risk Factors

Like any other addiction, there are many reasons for dependence to develop. Research shows that while one person can gamble (or drink) every now and then and just for entertainment, another person can’t stop and needs to gamble more and more and take higher and higher risks with their money.

There are several causes or risk factors, including:

  • Brain chemistry. Compulsive gambling triggers physical and emotional reactions that are similar to the way the brain reacts to alcohol and other drug use. A big win can activate the release of brain chemicals such as dopamine and norepinephrine, the so-called ‘feel-good’ neuro chemicals. These create a flood of pleasure and energy, and sometimes feelings of power and invincibility. For people whose brains lack the natural way to produce this ‘high’, this process is intoxicating.

  • Genetics. Close relatives of the gambler may pass on their DNA if they too have gambling addiction or other forms of addictive disease. This family history may increase the likelihood of a person developing an addiction like compulsive gambling.

  • Environmental. Living in an environment where gambling is normal, i.e. widely practised and accepted, can increase a person’s chances of becoming a pathological gambler. It may be isolation, peer pressure to gamble, or the use of alcohol or other drugs that may increase a person’s chances of developing a gambling problem. Some people gamble because of loneliness and a need to divert themselves from the pain of living, or out of a need to relieve stress or get approval from others.

  • Mental health or substance-use disorders. Research shows that pathological gambling is more common in people with other mental-health disorders like depression, bipolar disorder or anxiety. Also, people with dependence on alcohol or other drugs, impulse-control disorder and ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) have an increased risk of problem gambling.

The Link Between Gambling and Substance Abuse

Alcoholism or other drug dependence often goes hand in hand with problem gambling. Casinos sometimes give their clients free drinks to loosen inhibitions. Alcohol or other drugs are often used to celebrate a win, to soothe a person who’s had a loss, or as an escape from the shame and guilt of gambling.

A gambler’s brain chemistry may be the very same as that of a substance abuser, making for a tendency to substance abuse or other forms of addictive behaviour such as sex addiction, alcoholism or other drug addiction.

Alcohol and other drugs are known to make the impact of gambling addiction worse by impairing a person’s judgement, leading to risk-taking behaviour and huge financial losses.

These in turn lead to damaging the gambler’s health which is also impacted by excessive use of alcohol and other drugs, leading to heart disease, high blood pressure, stomach issues, anxiety problems, depression and the risk of stroke.

The longer the gambling and substance abuse continue without gambling addiction treatment, the higher the risk of serious health problems occurring.

Gambling Addiction Rehab Center in Thailand

Pathological gambling is widely recognised as a very risky type of addiction and if left untreated can have serious consequences. However, it can be successfully treated with a variety of therapies, the application of recovery ‘tools’, and 12 Step meetings.

Miracles Asia, on the beautiful island of Phuket in Thailand, is a gambling addiction treatment program where people come for gambling addiction rehab from all over the world.

When you arrive at our luxurious, private villa, you will have a comprehensive assessment and get the best treatment for your gambling addiction.

You will have 24-hour supervision if necessary as you begin the process of recovery from gambling or other substance addiction.

An individual treatment plan will be made just for you and because we know that everyone is different, your stay will be tailored for your special needs.

Some of the core therapies we offer include:

  • Individual counselling. You will work one-on-one with a therapist who will use motivational interviewing to help you find the way forward to stop gambling; we will help you identify triggers for gambling or using substances; you will learn about ‘tools’ to deal with life’s stressors and how to cope with them.

 

  • Group therapy. These group sessions with a small number of your peers help problem gamblers gather a supportive group of people with similar issues around them. Self-help groups like Gamblers’ Anonymous (GA) and other 12 Step programmes are an important part of ongoing care and recovery from gambling addiction.

 

  • CBT – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy helps the gambler look at his or her self-defeating thoughts and behaviours that lead to pathological gambling. CBT is a powerful way to address faulty thinking that goes with compulsive gambling, like believing that you can win big again, despite losing thousands of dollars.

 

  • Family therapy. For every person with addiction, about seven others are directly affected – and always negatively. The family work we do at Miracles Asia is a fundamental part of recovery for everyone when you come to gambling rehab in Thailand. Family and couples therapy helps everyone recover in a supportive home setting once you return to your normal life, gambling-free. This form of therapy also helps bond the family who are then able to re-establish trust and learn how to have good boundaries.

Call for a no-obligation free assessment with a trained specialist.

Continuing Care After You Leave Treatment for Gambling Addiction

The treatment program at Miracles Asia doesn’t stop after you leave gambling addiction rehab.

Say you spend one month in residential care, you’ll stay connected through our after-care online programme for two further months – and longer if necessary.

The aftercare support programme will keep you in regular contact with your counsellor who will see you for one-to-one sessions by Zoom weekly. These sessions are important so that we can check in to make sure you’re still on-track in your recovery and if you’re experiencing any issues we can problem solve together.

Not only will you have one-to-one counselling, but also our ongoing group counselling sessions will keep you connected to your peer group, some of whom people often form life-long attachments with.

The group sessions are kept deliberately small in number. A group therapy session lasts around 120 minutes and is taken by a counsellor who you will probably know from your time in residential care.

The experienced group facilitator’s job is to check in with you all and spend time making sure you’re on track with your recovery. You may have questions and the facilitator will be happy to answer questions and provide the necessary psychoeducation and relapse prevention planning.

We make sure you’re getting the best possible support as you ease back into your community back home. Miracles’ group therapy is a key part of your ongoing progress. It’s helpful to keep you on the right track to living the life you deserve.

Our online group counselling is available at assigned times during the week to cater for you wherever you are in the world after you leave gambling treatment rehab.

Relapse prevention is a steep learning curve and we will support you, making sure the best care continues.

Maybe you have questions about what to do, or how to go about life in general. For these reasons and more, our case-managers will stay in touch and help you manage your early few months in recovery.

Research shows that the longer the recovering person stays connected to a treatment programme, the better the outcome i.e. the longer he or she works alongside professional counsellors, therapists, recovery coaches etc, the better the chance of long-term recovery from gambling addiction.

We take your treatment plan very seriously and want the best for you, so for that reason we know it’s important to stay in touch. You deserve the best chance at living your best life, free from gambling.

We are so convinced that our program works that if you are able to spend three months with us and then suffer the pain of relapse within one year of leaving Miracles Asia, we’ll treat you for a month for free. That’s how much faith we have in our gambling addiction treatment program at Miracles Asia. We know how important your recovery is and we will do our best to make sure that you get what you deserve – a good life, full of happiness and freedom from using.

Living an addiction-free life is absolutely possible and we at Miracles Asia are proof of that ourselves. We know what it’s like to recover.

Call our toll-free number today and leave your worries behind. Get your life back: you deserve it!

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