Foundations Counseling in Fort Collins, Loveland, and Windsor offers gambling disorder therapy to help you control your impulses to gamble, especially when those impulses negatively impact your life, relationships, financial security, and more.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) puts gambling disorder in the same category as substance-related disorders, and your disorder has a very concrete impact on your brain. When someone with a gambling disorder gambles, the brain’s reward centers light up and dopamine is released. Since dopamine makes us feel good, those good feelings make stopping difficult. Even if you understand the consequences of your gambling behavior, this chemical reaction in the brain is working against your efforts to stop.
Our counselors are familiar with the unique challenges that come as a result of a gambling problem. They can help you address these issues in a confidential and understanding environment. Some people fear that seeking help for their gambling disorder is frowned upon, or that their perceived failure to control their urges therefore makes them a failure. A caring therapist can help you come to terms with your disorder and the emotions surrounding it so that your gambling no longer controls your life.
What you can expect with Gambling Disorder Therapy
Foundations Counseling offers gambling disorder therapy in Fort Collins, Loveland, and Windsor. Problematic gambling can be treated with a variety of different therapy methods, and our trained therapists will work with you to create a counseling plan that works best for you and your life.
One of the most common and effective types of therapy is called Cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT. Using CBT, your therapist can help you learn how to reprogram unwanted habits of thinking, feeling, and doing. The clear and structured steps used in CBT can help you address a variety of different emotional challenges that, consciously or unconsciously, impact your uncontrollable urges to gamble.
When to Ask for Help
On it’s own and in moderation, gambling isn’t necessarily problematic. However, if your gambling disorder is having a negative effect on your relationships with loved ones, financial security, or is otherwise damaging your life, a trained therapist can help. Here are some additional scenarios that might lead you to seek gambling disorder treatment:
- Numerous unsuccessful attempts at stopping or controlling your gambling
- A negative impact on your work and career
- Lying to loved ones about the extent of your gambling
- You use gambling as a way to cope with other mental health issues, like depression and anxiety
If you want to stop gambling and recognize the problems your disorder is causing in your life, it’s time to ask for help.
Set up a Free Consultation
If you or someone you know would benefit from gambling disorder therapy, please contact Foundations Counseling in Fort Collins, Loveland, and Windsor to arrange a free consultation.