The holidays are in full swing, and the new year is just around the corner. With all the festivities, friends and family, we can get caught up in what we need to do or get for others, but it is important to invest in ourselves as well.
Simple gifts or “treat yourself” moments are nice, but try to think long term for a minute.
What is something you want in the coming year? Something to get better at, a habit you want to fix, a goal you are trying to reach.
Invest in that – in something that will make you so much happier in the long run. Something that can be a tool for you moving forward.
Do I struggle with compulsive gambling?
Compulsive gambling can manifest itself in various ways, and there are different forms of it as well. It can often be brought on by financial stress, attempting to earn money quick.
However, a less often realization is that the emotional high when taking risks can also lead a lot of people to addiction.
Signs of a gambling problem may present itself as other types of addiction do. Being secretive about gambling, continuing when you cannot afford to, and being unable to control your habits are all signs that you may be struggling with compulsive gambling. There are also physical and emotional signs that gambling habits have become excessive.
If you are unable to recognize these within yourself and your behavior, another sign of your addiction comes when family and friends are expressing their concerns about this habit.
The important thing to understand is that no matter how the addiction came about, or how far it has gone, the person struggling has to have the sincere desire to change. Trying to kick the habit to make family members happy won’t cut it if you don’t want the change for yourself.
There are several options when it comes to treatment for gambling addiction – trying to figure out what steps to take may be overwhelming.
Smart IOP for gambling is an online gambling treatment program can ease that stress and help you break through your addiction and move forward to lasting recovery.
What is an online gambling treatment program?
Our program is the first intensive outpatient program designed to address the complex issues of gambling addiction. You can go through the program and learn from all of our gambling addiction education from your own computer, tablet or phone, in the comfort of your own home.
We also implement having a smart Sponsor – someone you choose to help you through the program, keep you accountable and creating healthy habits.
This is one big advantage to an online gambling treatment program, because as that sponsor goes through the program with you, they become a key part of your support system. They will remain so after you complete treatment.
Our treatment program can be broken down into five steps:
Choose your smart Sponsor
- Set-up smart IOP accounts and tools
Access all of our online treatment
Weekly support group meetings with your smart Sponsor
Track and verify your progress and completion
We want to help you learn and address the root cause of your gambling addiction. In doing so, we will work to treat “the whole person” and produce a successful and lasting recovery.
Our staff and program is client centered, and we truly have respect and compassion for every single person who chooses to work with us to overcome their struggles with gambling addiction.
Is online gambling treatment right for me?
With the flexibility we offer by being online, you won’t have to worry about putting your life on hold: whether you are in school or have a job, and you can still visit family and friends.
You have the ability to watch the educational videos on your own time.
As far as access to your therapist goes, we have scheduled check-ins throughout your treatment. In addition to those, if needed, we have a number available and we return calls from 8 am – 9:30 pm EST.
Your required time commitment to the program will differ depending on the number of weeks you choose for completion. You can do it in six or twelve weeks, and it will be around 14 or 8 hours a week, accordingly.
If you are curious as to insurance coverage, we can help verify that for you by filling out this form.
Our staff members are International Certified Gambling Counselors through the National Council on Problem Gambling. Our goal is to help you reach sobriety, and be able to maintain that following your program completion. We want to get you back to a happy, healthy life that you deserve.
Our online gambling treatment program is voluntary, and if you are unhappy, you can stop treatment at any time.
Still not sure? Here’s what a few of our clients have to say.
The staff is great and offer a new way to treat addiction. They work at getting to the root of the problem. – DT
I definitely felt like I left with the tools I need to achieve lasting sobriety. – EH
Feeling self-worth again is pretty sweet. – JR