Gambling Addiction Counseling NY with Nancy Hilsenrath, LCSW, CASAC

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Gambling Addiction Counseling

There are two general categories of gambling disorders. The first, known as gambling addiction, compulsive gambling, or pathological gambling, is characterized by the inability to control the impulse to gamble, even when it has negative impacts on the gambler or their loved ones. In contrast, problem gambling is defined as any gambling behavior that disrupts life. You need to be a regular gambler to suffer from a gambling disorder, and even infrequent gamblers may have an issue. Gambling addiction can be financially and socially devastating to sufferers. Approximately 2.6% of Americans are estimated to suffer from problem gambling. With the proliferation of mobile devices and app-based gaming placing gambling opportunities in your pocket, gambling disorders are more challenging to control than ever. Fortunately, help is available. The following are among the signs of problem gambling: Feeling the need to hide the amount of gambling Struggling to control gambling; an inability to walk away from gambling Gambling beyond one’s financial means Family and friends worry about the gambling behavior Stealing to finance gambling Gambling disorders can have collateral impacts beyond the obvious financial burden of gambling. For example, while gambling does not take the same physical toll as substance abuse disorders, there is a high rate of suicide among problem gamblers, as the adverse social and financial consequences of problem gambling mount and ...
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Addiction Counseling

For those struggling with or trying to overcome from an addiction, whether it be to tobacco, alcohol, drugs, or gambling – addiction counseling can be an essential part of the recovery process. Not only does the process help provide an understanding of the addiction and the basis for it, but it can also furnish the patient with the tools to identify the triggers for the addiction and ways to modify their behaviors to counteract them. Sadly, addictions do not end because people want them to – they need to learn how to manage them and stop them taking over their lives. An addiction counselor can help people retrace the steps that have led them to a life of addiction. It may be something that happened in their childhood, a marriage or relationship that has failed, or a family trauma. Whatever the reasons, counseling helps them separate cause from effect, and to seek alternative ways to deal with the pain / stress / anxiety that made them take up an addiction in the first place. It also offers them a safe space in which to express their feelings. One of the hardest problems with any addiction can be lack of honesty. People hide things from their family, friends, spouse, work mates, either because they are ashamed or too embarrassed to admit the truth ...
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If you or a loved one is suffering from an addiction, Nancy can help set you on the path to recovery.

There is no-one-size-fits all when it comes to addiction counselling. Every addict is different, with their own problems and reasons for adopting the addictive habit. Equally, the path to recovery is different for everybody, and a trained counselor will be able to tailor their advice to what suits best the needs of the individual patient. Nancy may also be able to recommend them to other support groups or further treatment where this may be necessary.

Nancy Hilsenrath LCSW, CASACGambling Addiction Counseling NY – Online Services Currently Available

THE PROCESS HELPS PROVIDE AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE ADDICTION & THE BASIS FOR IT. IT ALSO FURNISHES PATIENTS WITH TOOLS TO IDENTIFY TRIGGERS FOR THE ADDICTION & WAYS TO MODIFY BEHAVIORS TO COUNTERACT THEM.

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