Hypnotherapy for Gambling Dependence
Dr David Postlethwaite all Issues helped with just 1 session, 30+ years’ experience
Tel landline 0191 440 8649
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Hypnotherapy for dependence problem gambling (often
referred to as gambling addiction) is the urge or need to continuously gamble, ignoring the negative consequences, the person may have a desire to stop. But there are things they can do to start to take back control and overcome a gambling problem, including hypnotherapy for gambling dependence
Hypnotherapy for gambling uses the power of suggestion to access the unconscious mind and alleviate the negative thought patterns and behaviours that are associated with the problem.
Hypnotherapy for Gambling addiction
Gambling is present in a large part of society; it can sometimes be difficult to know when a habit becomes a problem. Many gamblers do it purely for entertainment, some for the thrill of winning, others for a little escape – and there’s nothing wrong with that. However while a person doing something they enjoy can be a useful stress relief and diversion from life’s problems, when it stops becoming a diversion and becomes a way of coping, it can cause more harm than good and it may be time to consider hypnotherapy for gambling as a solution.
When someone starts to use gambling as a way to escape from their other problems, often these issues are only exacerbated. Of course, ignoring a problem doesn’t make it go away, and unfortunately, gambling is an expensive habit. What started as a smaller stressor, can end up a big problem. However, support is available. If you’re worried about someone’s, gambling habits, reaching out and asking for help is the brave first step to overcoming the problem.
Hypnotherapy for gambling is one method many people find effective. Through hypnosis and relaxation techniques, hypnotherapy can help the client access the deepest parts of their unconscious and identify the triggers that led to the addiction. Once the causes are identified, I will work with my client to help them break out of the negative patterns, learn how to manage their feelings and cope with triggers.
Recognising problem gambling
There’s a big difference between a person who enjoys an occasional scratch card or bet at the races every year, and a person who can’t get through the day without gambling. While the lines can blur, there are some signs that indicate a habit may have become a problem, including:
- They find it difficult to stop or manage their gambling.
- They spend more money and time gambling than they can afford.
- They are arguing with loved ones about money and gambling.
- They have lost interest in activities they previously enjoyed.
- They are always thinking about gambling.
- They lie about their gambling to others.
- Their gambling to get out of financial trouble.
- They need to borrow money, skip bills or sell belongings in order to pay for gambling.
- They’re having to gamble larger amounts of money to get the same ‘high’.
- They’re neglecting their work, school, family or personal needs because of gambling.
- They’re feeling anxious, worried, guilty or irritable.
Hypnotherapy for Gambling – Living with a gambling dependency
As with all compulsive behaviours, living with a gambling dependency can have a seriously negative effect on all aspects of the person’s life. Gambling dependency can be incredibly isolating. Those with a gambling problem usually become very secretive, hiding their habits from friends and loved ones. Not only can they become very lonely, a gambling problem affects not only them but those around them too.
Watching a partner struggle with a dependency can be extremely distressing. From anger to sadness, to hopelessness, there are many emotions involved in dealing with a loved one who is suffering. Similarly, their friends can also be affected by their problem. Sometimes afflicted person will steal from those close to them in order to fund their dependency, or they may drift apart, cancelling plans and declining social invites to feed their habit, until friends no longer ask.
Their work life can also be affected. The obsessive nature of a gambling problem can make it very difficult to uphold standards at work. They may lose sleep from gambling online until the early hours, or they can’t concentrate at work due to always thinking about gambling or the impacts it’s already having on their finances and relationships. The more their performance drops, the higher the likelihood of getting noticed and the higher the risk of losing their job.
But know that support is available. Money can already be a difficult topic to talk about and gambling, like other dependencies, is regularly misunderstood. If they are not comfortable seeking support in the form of their friends or family, consider professional help, it is time to consider hypnotherapy for gambling dependence.
Hypnotherapy for gambling
Hypnotherapy for gambling aims to access the unconscious to identify causes and change the negative thoughts and behaviours associated with the dependency. Using the power of suggestion, I work to alter the way that my clients think and react to certain situations, like viewing gambling as a form of stress relief.
For hypnotherapy to be a success, the person must want to make a change. Changing for someone else will not have the same effect – they need to accept that they have a problem and want to make the change for themselves. While certain thoughts and behaviours can be altered through hypnosis, they must want to address the problem for hypnotherapy to be an effective treatment.
How does hypnotherapy for gambling work?
During the session, I will typically ask my client to think about any particular situations or experiences they believe may be a trigger for their dependency. For example, does the compulsion to gamble occur after an argument or stressful experience? I may also ask them to recall the moment when they first started gambling and why, and when they think it became a problem. Did anything happen during this time?
The methods I use will vary depending on my client as an individual, their past experiences, the problem and their triggers. If their addiction is believed to be the result of past experience, for example, hypnosis can not only help them alter their thoughts and behaviours but help them to cope as you go through recovery.
The client will only need one face to face session. Together we will discuss what they hope to gain from treatment
Like most dependencies, whether it be gambling, drink, drugs or food, the person craves their next ‘fix’. Hypnosis helps by destroying this craving, replacing it with a more positive, appropriate behaviour.
How to manage a gambling problem
Changing a behaviour is difficult, especially when the problem has become a big part of the persons life. Trying to break the habit will take determination and willpower, and a real want to stop. As with hypnotherapy, breaking a habit is incredibly hard to do successfully if your heart’s not in it.
But as well as seeking professional help, there are some steps someone can take to manage their addiction and cope with any mental health or financial problems they may be experiencing.
Limit the amount of money they spend gambling
- If someone are gambling, ask them to set a limit of how much they are willing to spend.
- If going out to gamble, encourage them to leave their debit cards at home, take cash only.
- When using online websites, put a limit on their spending.
- On payday, ensure they pay all priority tasks and bills first (mortgage, rent, food etc.).
Reduce the time they spend gambling
- Encourage them to set a limit on how many times a week they will gamble, be specific and name the day and time allowance. Let others know so that they are held accountable.
Don’t view gambling as a source of income
- Remind them that it is for entertainment only.
- Be prepared to lose and stop when they have scheduled to stop.
- Do not spend your savings or investments on gambling.
- Ask their loved ones not to lend them money if they ask.
Spend time doing other activities
- Instead of gambling, spend more time with family and friends.
- Take up a new hobby or revisit one they previously enjoyed.
- Join a social group or organise events with those who don’t gamble.
- Talk to people about their worries.
When choosing a hypnotherapist it is very important that you find a reputable and qualified therapist who is a member of and governed by the ethics ad standards of the International Hypnotherapy Association.
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