Rehabilitation for Gambling
Addiction Treatment & Recovery in Thailand
What is gambling addiction?
mental health and gambling addiction
When do you need rehab for gambling
- The need to borrow money for gambling from friends and family
- Inability to hold down jobs or maintain healthy relationships with loved ones
- Lying about gambling to your loved ones
- Chasing the ‘rush’ of winning even when you’re losing
- Using gambling as a way to escape from unpleasant feelings
- Feeling of restlessness when trying to cut down on gambling
- Trying to stop gambling but being unable to quit
- Needing to gamble more over time
- Spending large amounts of time at the casino or online using gambling websites
What happens in gambling rehab centres
Outpatient gambling rehab
Inpatient gambling rehab
How gambling rehab works
Behavioural therapy is at the heart of most evidence-based methods used by gambling rehab centres. From CBT to other techniques such as Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), both one-on-one and group sessions can be effective at counteracting the common tendency toward negative thoughts and emotions, while replacing them with a better focussed and/or more empowering mindset.
For those suffering from more than one condition requiring attention, a carefully implemented and multi-pronged approach will provide the best likelihood of recovery. People suffering from a drug or alcohol addiction in addition to a mental health disorder, for example, need very specialised professional care in order to receive a correct diagnosis and treatment for each of their conditions; failure to address all related issues can lead to serious problems in the recovery effort.
Many rehab centres use the 12-step method popularised by Alcoholics Anonymous as the foundation for their treatment model, even when drug or alcohol abuse is not part of the diagnosis. 12-step programmes are often helpful because they impose an effective frame on the recovery process, while also opening the door to the type of peer support that group meetings can provide. Many rehabs will arrange entry to meetings offsite to encourage their clients to participate in these programmes, as this is often an essential component of ongoing recovery after the primary treatment period is completed.
Gambling addiction can be very stressful on family relationships. Family therapy aims to bring affected families back together, to help educate addicts and their family members together on the challenges they are likely to face, as well as the best ways to overcome these challenges. Through family therapy, those closest to the addicted person will learn how to maintain a healthy and positive relationship with their loved one, without enabling their harmful behaviour.
Many gambling rehabilitation centres take an additional role in the well-being of their clients, offering relapse prevention programmes to help with their successful re-integration into society. These programmes may include follow-up schedule or continued counselling sessions, which are designed to assist clients with the challenges they encounter when back in society after their primary treatment has ended.
How long is rehab for gambling?
When selecting a programme of treatment, it is worth remembering that addiction is a complex disorder, and recovery is an ongoing process. Whether you or your loved one chooses inpatient or outpatient care, long-term treatment is recommended to increase the likelihood of a positive outcome.
How much does gambling rehab cost?
- Intensive outpatient programmes (IOPs): $3,000 – $7,000 per week
- Standard inpatient rehab: $10,000 – $30,000 for 30 days (private and shared option)
- Luxury inpatient rehab: $40,000 – $100,000 for 30 days
- Inpatient gambling rehab in Thailand: $8,000 – $16,000 for 30 days
Gambling rehabilitation in Thailand
- Treatment for other co-existing substance abuse and mental health conditions, such as alcohol addiction, depression or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Professional and well-educated therapists who are committed to helping you create positive change for life, and are often recovering addicts themselves
- Individual and group counselling that utilises a range of modern therapeutic modalities, such as CBT, DBT, MBCT, SMART Recovery, mindfulness meditation, and the 12-step model
- Inpatient facilities offer excellent value, along with high-quality accommodation in a seaside or mountain setting in Thailand
How to help a gambling addict
- “NHS Fighting Back against Rising Tide of Gambling Ill Health.” NHS Choices, NHS, 28 Dec. 2019, www.england.nhs.uk/2019/12/nhs-fighting-back-against-gambling/.
- Rennert, Lior et al. “DSM-5 gambling disorder: prevalence and characteristics in a substance use disorder sample.” Experimental and clinical psychopharmacology vol. 22,1 (2014): 50-6. doi:10.1037/a0034518
- Lister, Jamey, et al. “Shedding Light on Gambling Disorder as an Addiction: A Guide for Practitioners.” Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network, Rutgers University School of Social Work, attcnetwork.org/centers/network-coordinating-office/shedding-light-gambling-disorder-addiction-guide-practitioners.
- Ibáñez, A, et al. “Psychiatric Comorbidity in Pathological Gamblers Seeking Treatment.” The American Journal of Psychiatry, U.S. National Library of Medicine, Oct. 2001, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1157901
- Petry, Nancy M, and Brian D Kiluk. “Suicidal Ideation and Suicide Attempts in Treatment-Seeking Pathological Gamblers.” The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, U.S. National Library of Medicine, July 2002, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12142848.
- NIDA. “Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition).” National Institute on Drug Abuse, 17 Jan. 2018, https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-drug-addiction-treatment-research-based-guide-third-edition.