Placing a bet now and then or playing the occasional game of poker can be a harmless leisure activity, but if your compulsion to gamble is putting your home and job at risk, you could have a binge gambling disorder. When your gambling spirals out of control, clinical psychologist Ilisa Kaufman, PsyD, of Compulsion Control in Miami, Florida, can help using her RIP-R program. Dr. Kaufman's unique approach uses innovative techniques that enable you to curb the gambling impulse and get your life back on track. Find out more by calling Compulsion Control or book an appointment online today.
Binge or compulsive gambling is a disorder in which you can't control the urge to continue gambling even when it's affecting your work and family life. People who binge gamble find it impossible to stop taking the chance of winning despite even losing thousands of dollars, and very often, their homes and jobs.
Binge gambling is a type of addiction — research shows that your brain receives a pleasurable stimulus when you gamble in much the same way you would if you were drinking alcohol or taking recreational drugs.
Like other addictions, the need to persist with gambling can lead you to risk everything you have and even resort to theft to fund your habit. Many people take their own lives each year when binge gambling destroys their mental health.
Many people enjoy a bet on a sporting event or an occasional trip to the casino. This is also true of activities like drinking alcohol in moderation.
In both cases, the alarm bells should ring when you start to depend on your habit. If you can't make it through the day without gambling, or all of your thoughts focus on when you can place your next bet, these are clear signs that you have a problem.
People with binge gambling disorder are unable to stop gambling and take significant risks to finance their habits. In time, the compulsion to continue betting to try and win back money you've lost (chasing your losses) becomes impossible to control.
Your doctor might prescribe medication such as antidepressants to address the underlying emotional disorder that causes you to binge gamble.
CBT (cognitive-behavioral therapy) also helps by teaching you practical strategies for coping with the urge to gamble, so you're more able to resist your compulsive behaviors.
Dr. Kaufman's unique RIP-R program focuses on the motivation for your binge gambling. You work through the various stages of RIP-R, starting at the lowest place you can go — your rock bottom.
Tapping into your motivation helps Dr. Kaufman guide you through each stage, learning and practicing 10 cognitive techniques that help you redirect your thoughts away from the need to gamble.
With the program’s fluid set-up, you can return to a previous stage in the process any time your motivation falters, but with practice, you reach the replacement stage.
Replacement means being able to think about and take part in pleasurable and fulfilling activities that enhance your life in place of binge gambling.
To find out more about RIP-R and how Dr. Kaufman can help you free yourself from binge gambling, call Compulsion Control today or book an appointment online.