Whether it involves lottery tickets, poker, video lottery terminals, slot machines, online gambling or day trading, a gambling addiction is a serious problem that can result in dire financial and emotional consequences. If gambling has become a way of life to help you escape reality, we can offer you help.
In addition to the general addiction treatment programming, Bellwood’s seven-week Problem Gambling Treatment Program includes approximately eight hours a week of sessions unique to the problem gambler.
There are several key recovery tasks and goals specific to the problem gambler. This begins with recognizing the beliefs and the distorted thinking that help fuel gambling behaviours. Clients also gain an understanding of fantasy thinking, develop insight into their emotional connections to money, and process feelings of guilt and shame. Clients are instructed on how to have a healthy relationship with money and be accountable for their finances.
Clients participating in Bellwood’s Problem Gambling Treatment Program live within a daily budget and are accountable for what is spent. They attend Gamblers Anonymous meetings and develop a solid recovery plan through our integrated relapse prevention program.
Much like the other treatment streams at Bellwood, clients in the Problem Gambling program are matched with a primary counsellor and a physician, and complete much of their treatment in a small-group format.