Treatment for Gambling Addiction
Gambling addiction, whether problem or pathological, may affect anywhere from 2 to 4 percent of the population.
Istana’s specialist gambling addiction treatment team provides comprehensive insights into the underlying causes of a gambling addict’s compulsive urges, effective treatment to stop gambling and a blueprint to manage and future-proof life against relapse into problem gambling.
We are non-judgemental and when helping our clients shy away from labels such as gambling addict, preferring instead to focus on you as a complete individual with issues that are entirely unique to you. The objective is to help you resume a happy and productive life and, of course, to stop gambling.
If you, or someone you know, has a problem with gambling behaviour please contact us. We can help.
Gambling addiction treatment
At Istana we only take one client at a time, you will be our only client on your chosen island, guaranteeing complete confidentiality and allowing an entire team to help you quell your gambling urges and stop gambling free from the distractions of a group environment.
Your specialist gambling addiction treatment team will be solely focused on creating and implementing the program that best suits your unique needs and resolves your compulsive gambling problem . They are well known in their field for rapid addiction and dependence recovery, and have proven ability in bringing about lasting results.
Your villa, set in large tropical gardens, has been designed to create feelings of serenity and seclusion. Particular care has been taken with the layout and décor. Domestic staff are discrete, allowing you to focus your energy on your recovery and you will have a personal chef to provide delicious and healthy meals of your choice.
Your treatment will be unique to you – we don’t believe in predetermined pathways here. We will consult you at every stage for a dynamic program that optimises and accelerates your recovery. Should you wish, we will liaise with your current practitioners, thus ensuring a seamless transition to our treatment, followed by the best aftercare on your return.
If you or someone you know is having problems with gambling, or any other issue, please do contact us for advice.
What to expect during your stay at Istana
At Istana, your care begins the moment you arrive step off the plane. A senior member of our team will greet you at the airport, fast-track you through immigration and customs and take you to your villa in a discreet unbranded car.
When you reach your villa, our staff will help you unpack and give you time to decompress and acclimatise to your surroundings. If required a medical team will be on hand to provide you with whatever support you may need for the early days.
Throughout this process you will feel a sense of daily momentum and you will be safe and looked after at all times.
Complementary therapies work in tandem with psychotherapy to calm your mind and strengthen your body while exploring and addressing the underlying issues behind your condition. We find that for most clients the optimum amount is three or four sessions a week. Some people however require more – if this is you, we will provide whatever level is best for you.
All therapy sessions are informal and take place in your private villa. Throughout your stay, there will always be a member of staff discretely on hand to anticipate your needs. You’ll never feel isolated, nor will you ever feel ‘crowded’.
Our Director of Client Services will be your main point of contact. They will co-ordinate your programme and deal with any concerns you have immediately.
We offer a broad range of activities to further assist your recovery and make your time with us not only productive but, equally importantly, enjoyable. Days generally begin and end with a walk on the beach – some clients enjoy exercise such as surfing, ocean swims and horse-riding as well. Your interests are central to this aspect of the treatment, and we will agree a selection of pursuits with you. These include narrative coaching, yoga, martial arts, meditation, nature walks, art therapy and many, many more.
We will help you to rekindle old passions and fall in love with new ones. New possibilities for your mental and physical potentials will open up.
The desired outcome of your program
Your gambling addiction will no longer be the driving force in your life You will look at yourself compassionately free from self-blame and regard at this phase of your life with clinical clarity armed with the tools to thrive and confidence in your future.
When your time at Istana has reached its end, you will be thinking clearly and moving lightly free from the issues that brought you to us.
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Further information on gambling addiction, gambling behaviour and gambling urges
The gambling addict keeps betting whether they’re up or down, broke or flush, happy or depressed. The simply can not stop gambling regardless of the financial and personal costs to them and those around them.
Even when they know the odds are against them, even when they can’t afford to lose, people with a gambling addiction can’t abstain from playing.
Persistent and recurrent maladaptive gambling behaviour is indicated by the following:
- Preoccupation: The person is preoccupied with the need to gamble and has frequent thoughts about gambling experiences, handicapping or planning the next venture, or thinking of ways to get money with which to gamble, etc.
- Tolerance: Similar to drug tolerance, the person needs to gamble with increasing amounts of money in order to achieve the desired excitement or “rush”
- Loss of Control: The person has made repeated unsuccessful efforts to control, cut back, or stop gambling
- Withdrawal: The person is restless or irritable when attempting to cut down or stop gambling
- Escape: The person gambles as a way of escaping from problems or to relieve a dysphoric mood (e.g., feelings of helplessness, guilt, anxiety, depression)
- Chasing: After losing money betting, the person often returns another day to get even (“chasing” one’s losses)
- Lying: Lies to family members, therapist, or others to conceal the extent of involvement with gambling
- Illegal Activity: The person has committed illegal acts such as forgery, fraud, theft, or embezzlement to finance their habit
- Risked Relationships: The person has jeopardised or lost a significant relationship, job, or educational or career opportunity because of their addiction
- Bailout: Relies on others, such as friends or family, to provide money to relieve a desperate financial situation caused by their addiction to gamble
Pathological addictions to gamble can be treated, if you or someone you know has a problem please contact us here. We can help.
Gambling dependency or gambling addiction manifests in many ways and various degrees of severity ranging from gambling urges to complete gambling addiction. The rise in opportunities online has greatly increased the number of people developing problem gambling, compulsive gambling problems and gambling addiction. It comes in different forms, from problem to pathological. Indeed, up to four percent of the population may be dealing with some sort of challenging gambling behaviour, problem gambling or unmanageable gambling urges.
Several neuroscience studies show that behavioural addictions such as gambling share many neural processes with substance addiction, particularly in the areas of cognitive control and reward mechanisms. Our world-class team of experts take gambling addiction treatment as seriously as they would drug or alcohol issues.