Gambling addiction, also called problem gambling or gambling disorder, is an addiction that refers to any type of gambling or choices related to gambling that endanger or compromise a person's life, job, or family. Whether it's going to the casino and playing the slot machines, staying up all night playing poker games, gambling online, or sports and race betting, if the choice is characterized by the following then it is termed a gambling addiction:
- Placing bets more and more frequently
- Betting more than originally intended
- "Chasing" losses by continually betting beyond the ability to pay
- Feeling irritable or aggressive when unable to gamble or when losing
- Being preoccupied with gambling
When gambling turns into an addiction, those who seek treatment often report huge losses, including legal problems, foreclosure, bankruptcy, divorce, lost careers, and more. Additionally, many who struggle with gambling addiction may consider or attempt suicide.
While eating is something we all do, those struggling with food addiction, exhibit compulsive eating behaviors despite its negative effects on the persons physical, social, and emotional well-being.
Food addicts describe feeling “high” while engaging in their compulsion. Similar to other addicts, food addicts develop a tolerance for food and require more and more of their favorite foods in order to experience the high they seek. They may also experience withdrawal symptoms, and psychological, social, and a host of other health problems
Recovery Mountain’s clinical staff work with guests to identify patterns and triggers related to the compulsive behavior. We work with each guest individually to craft lifestyle changes that promote healthier behaviors.
Video Game Addiction
Addiction to video game playing, cell phones and social media is a growing phenomenon. Graphics are getting better all the time, are more realistic every day and new games are in no short supply. The ability to communicate with others via the internet while playing the game with people who would otherwise be strangers from all around the world is uniquely interesting to people who may have a hard time connecting with others in person. Similarly, taking on the role of someone else and living a virtual life can be very seductive and alluring.
In comparison to substance abuse addiction or to other process addictions, video game addiction may seem relatively harmless, and many people can play video games on occasion without ever developing a problem. However, compulsive video game play can interrupt a person's ability to connect positively with others and have or maintain healthy relationships, maintain responsibilities at work, and make choices that support their physical and mental health (e.g., eating regularly or healthfully, going to the doctor, etc.).
Ultimately, those who don't get help can end up isolating themselves from the real world, losing their ability to function, with friends, family, and associates and achieve any goals outside of the video game world.
If you or someone you know is struggling with Process Addictions, please call 877-639-0900 and speak to Intake Professionals.