Definition – Gambling is placing something of value at risk in the hope of gaining something of greater value.
The Mail on Sunday reports, on 27.10.18 that The National Gambling Helpline receives nearly 30,000 call every year. Of these – half are worried about their mental health, and two thirds said that gambling caused financial problems. They have been told that between 250 and 650 young gamblers commit suicide every year
A report in The Times, on July 26th 2017, claimed that about 300,000 people are addicted to gambling in Britain. But by 10th October 2017, according to TheTimes that figure had risen to 430, 000 adult addicted gamblers, and nearly half a million gamblers under the age 16 ( on their way to joining the addicted).
There was a big worry about Fixed Odds Betting Terminals in high street bookies – with which people could gamble thousands of pounds every fifteen seconds. In 2018 the UK government has reduced this amount to £2 which may help in reducing losses, but does not solve the problem of gambling. More funding, research, and treatment options are needed to address the health and social concerns gambling presents in the UK.
Research has been presented by Professor David Nutt,of Imperial College, to suggest that gamblers get as much pleasurable brain stimulation from anticipation of winning as actual winning. The buzz of expectation is intoxicating. As bets are placed, the brain releases the neurotranmitter dopamine – which creates euphoric feelings. The mind starts to take on cognitive errors – false beliefs or incorrect thinking – just because something happens most of the time, doesn’t mean that will always be the case, I will win sometime. This is what keeps gamblers going back to it, even though they have lost so many times before. Hypnotherapy can alter their timeline so that the feelings of wretchedness associated with losing come in whenever they consider gambling. Matthew has experience in dealing with this addiction and welcomes referrals.
There are two types of gamblers – 1. Action gamblers – who are addicted to risk taking. Gambling is their drug. Hypnotherapy can intervene with this in much the same way as if you were addicted to drugs. 2. Escape Gamblers – who gamble to escape emotional pain, worries and loneliness. Hypnotherapy can intervene through calming your nerves and building up your self esteem.
The betting industry does support an advice line – Begambleaware – to help people who are finding that their gambling is getting out of control. But, The Times reports, in July 2018, that it is often understaffed, and that they can take months to respond to an enquiry.
It’s one thing to have a bet on the horses or a night out at the bingo. Quite another to have non-stop targeted advertising, and online gambling offered to previous customers, and media attempts to make it glamorous to young people. The online casinos tend to offer between 20 and 200 free bets to hook people in. They will put up near misses to encourage people to gamble more. The actual casinos will offer free gifts to keep people there – encouraging them to keep gambling rather than think.
Looking at commercial TV, listening to commercial radio, watching sport events, reading newspapers, magazines all telling us that it is easy to become rich through gambling – is all a form of hypnotism in it’s own way – even more if it is presented by super rich superstars who people idolise. All this doesn’t help.
For the majority of people a flutter is an annual event that is a bit of fun. But if a bit of fun becomes a habit, and that habit increases in regularity and intensity – such that the satisfaction of it becomes all consuming,then it becomes an addiction.
How easy is it to say “oh, just one more time, I’ll hit the jackpot”? We can help.
Does gambling strain your relationships? We can help.
Do you feel remorse after gambling? We can help.
Do you feel that you have to gamble more to cover your losses? We can help.
Do you lose track of time while gambling? We can help.
Have you lost your job or livelihood through gambling? We can help.
Do you use gambling as a way to escape from problems and improve your mood? We can help.
Have you lied to people about your habit?
Have you stolen to fund your habit?
Have you sold family heirlooms to fund your habit?
If gambling has become an obsession, draining your finances and governing your everyday life, then hypnotherapy and TFT can help you to change.
Ego State Therapy can be used to help by examining the part of the personality that wants to gamble, and the part that is responsible for finances, and creating a dialogue that leads to resolution.
Effective Hypnosis will treat your individual problems rather than giving a generic treatment. Imagery used in sessions will reduce impulsiveness by imagining the future.
We can help with intervention in order to end your relationship to gambling, and we help people to quit gambling addiction. Call Matthew Hall for a Gambling Addiction Freedom session. Control gambling with a gambling therapist.