Gambling occurs in many forms, most commonly 4D, TOTO, lotteries, casinos (slot machines, table games), bookmaking (sports and horse racing), card rooms, bingo and the stock market.
Gambling disorder is sometimes referred to as the "hidden illness" because there are no obvious physical signs or symptoms like there are in drug or alcohol use disorder. It devastates not only the gambler but everyone with whom he or she has a significant relationship. It is the inability to resist impulses to gamble, leading to significant personal, family and occupational difficulties.
The destructive cycle of Problem Gambling
When a problem gambler is on a winning streak, he lavish gifts on himself and others. You might receive unexpected treats and gifts. He attributes his winning to his ability or being lucky. There is a sense of invincibility which lead to betting in larger amounts or making risker bets.
He starts to move into the losing streak. Instead of stopping, he "chases losses". During this period of chasing losses, the sole intent is to win back the money at all cost. Often, this tunnel vision resulted in a deeper debt. He will stop gambling after emptying out his personal savings and maxing out on debts (family, friends, legal & illegal).
Although many problem gamblers may 'chase' for a short period of time, it is the frequent, and long-term, "chase" that is characteristic of gambling disorder. A problem gambler, in heavy debt, would be constantly thinking of ways to recoup his losses. His solution is to gamble.
As a last resort, He asks his family and friends for 'bailouts' when the debtors appear at his home and / or office. He often understates the actual amount of debt out of shame or to reduce the perceived severity of the debt problem. After bailing out, family and friends assume that the debt problem is settled. Unknown to them, there are some unaccounted debts / debtors. This secrecy is one major risk factor for relapse. Often triggered by stress to pay back debtors secretly, the problem gambler resort back to gambling, for quick cash, and which cause more debts. The vicious cycle of chasing losses repeats itself.
Signs and Symptoms of Gambling Disorder
Help & Treatment
If you find yourself chasing losses, seeking professional help early can help to reduce the harmful consequences and social & economic costs of problem gambling.
Screening - The aim of the initial session is to identify the presence of gambling problems and/or effect of negative consequences of problem gambling. Any other existing mental health conditions are screened for in order to provide a deeper understanding of the client.
Assessment - This is a comprehensive understanding of the severity and depth of the problem gambling in the context of the client life's situation. The individual's strengths, weaknesses, problems and needs are accounted in order to collaborate an effective solution. A discussion of potential risks is also integrated into the treatment planning.
Treatment Planning + Counselling - The treatment plan is tailored to the client's needs. Immediate and long-term goals are established. A discussion of WE CARE's holistic services is included in the treatment planning. Brief therapy is provided to problem gamblers. For compulsive gamblers, an intensive and long-term recovery approach is more appropriate.
G.A.R.I. is a counselling treatment programme for persons with a gambling problem. The programme involves the individual as well as the family members in counselling and self-help groups.
GARI Programme Structure:
Depending on needs, some clients may require further sessions after the initial phase of programme
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To make an appointment, call 6547 5459 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
SMART stands for Self-Management & Recovery Training. Participants learn tools for addiction recovery based on the latest scientific research and participate in a world-wide community which includes free, self-empowering, science-based mutual help groups.
SMART Recovery dates
Day: Every Thursday
Timing:230pm to 430pm
Venue: WE CARE, 11 Jalan Ubi
SMART is catered for individuals with a history of addictions. Interested participants are required to undergo a clincial intake before attending SMART Recovery.
If interested, register below or email email@example.com
Mindfulness For Recovery
Mindfulness for Recovery is an open group to learn and practice mindfulness. Mindful practice aims to help participants to break away from their own destructive habitual patterns. All facilitators have personal experience practising mindfulness.
This group is catered for people with a history of addictions, reactive behaviours and/or mood disorders
Every Friday, 615pm to 730pm
Venue: WE CARE Community Services
To register: call 6547 5459 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Families in Recovery through Education and Empowerment
FREE stands for Families in Recovery through Education and Empowerment. FREE is a workshop for the family members of addicted ones.
Date: Every 2nd Monday of the Month except Public Holiday
Upcoming workshop: 8 Jan 2018
Timing: 7pm to 9pm
Venue: WE CARE
To sign up, call WE CARE at 6547-5459. No payment is required for this programme.