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May 11, 2020

How to Approach a Loved One About Their Gambling Addiction

Gambling addiction can take a huge toll on your relationships and your family finances. If you suspect a loved one is struggling with a compulsive gambling disorder, approaching them the right way is key to having a successful conversation. Suggesting that a loved one get treatment is a challenge, but if they know you are there to offer support and with their best interests at heart, they may be more likely to see out professional help.

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Apr 21, 2020

Is Day Trading a Form of Gambling?

The volatility of the stock market is at one of its highest points in recent memory. It might be tempting to jump on the roller coaster and try your hand at playing the market, as buying in the dips and selling at the peaks could potentially result in some good returns. But at what point does day training on the stock market more closely resemble a form of gambling?  And can it put you at risk for developing a compulsive gambling disorder?

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Apr 7, 2020

The Hidden Risks of Online Gambling

There has been widespread shutdown of sports and entertainment venues, including casinos due to the spread of Covid-19.  With more and more of the population now staying close to home and practicing 'social distancing' there is increased risk that those struggling with a compulsive gambling disorder may turn to online platforms.  Those who gamble online have an easier time keeping it discreet - it can be done from anywhere and at any time of the day with just a few taps of a smartphone.

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Mar 12, 2020

The Psychology Behind Why Women Gamble

Gambling can be addictive and destructive, especially for people who turn to the tables and slots to get away from the stress of daily life. While many women may initially enjoy the glitz and glamour of Casinos, the mindsets leading them down a path to compulsive gambling are typically quite different than men. 

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Dec 10, 2019

Tips For Avoiding Sports Betting Ahead of Super Bowl 2020

Super Bowl 2020 is looming on the horizon, and with it the ever present temptation to place a bet. As most people in sports betting know, the Super Bowl can be a challenging time for somebody in recovery from gambling.

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Sep 27, 2019

Does Insurance Cover Gambling Addiction Treatment

When you or a loved one are ready to get help for gambling addiction, the main concern may be how you are going to pay for treatment. Addiction services can be very expensive. Many insurance plans cover treatment for a gambling problem as part of mental health services.

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Aug 29, 2019

Post-Treatment Support For Gamblers

Many problem gamblers find that quitting gambling is only the first step toward recovery. The more difficult challenge is committing to stay away from gambling after treatment. The easy access and widespread availability of lotteries, casinos, internet gambling, bookies, and sports betting make avoiding gambling even harder.

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Aug 26, 2019

How is Gambling Addiction Different from Substance Abuse?

Although there are many similarities between gambling addiction and substance addiction, there are a few significant differences. It is important to recognize these differences, especially regarding diagnosis and treatment.

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Jul 31, 2019

What Role Do Alumni Groups Play in Addiction Recovery?

Addiction is a chronic condition which requires multiple levels of treatment to promote recovery and prevent relapse. When an individual graduates from an addiction program, the aftercare phase begins. A part of aftercare is alumni programs. 

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Jul 8, 2019

How a Gambling Addiction Starts

The Root of Gambling Addiction Lies in the Brain

No-one starts off with a plan to become a gambling addict. The process of developing a gambling addiction can take decades, for some - while others find themselves struggling with gambling very soon after their first bet. The brain plays a systematic role in the development of a gambling addiction, almost mirroring the patterns drug and alcohol abuse. 

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