Gambling Addiction Hypnotherapy. Does it Work?
You can’t be the only one who has noticed the increasing number of online gambling adverts on TV over the last few years, with more and more new companies promoting their particular brand of poker, bingo, games or slots.
Problem Gambling in Newcastle, Northumberland, Sunderland and Durham
Gambling is a huge industry here in the North East of England – and it’s also one of the most destructive to people’s lives for those who can’t control their addiction. In spite of the Gambling Industry’s advice telling you to gamble ‘responsibly’ some people just can’t. It’s a bit like a barman telling the alcoholic who props up his bar every night to drink sensibly while handing him another treble whisky, his guilt lessened by the sound of the till ringing. It is misleading to suggest the gambling industry cares about the financial state of its punters as they hear their cash tinkle into the coffers. They don’t care much at all because profit will always come first.
People from all walks of life have had their lives destroyed by this pernicious addiction, from footballers to those who are unemployed. Out of control gambling is like heroin addiction because it has horrific side effects including mounting debts, poverty and despair as the junkie or gambling addict reach a stage where they can no longer afford to feed or clothe themselves or their family without crime, prioritising their addiction over everything else.
Let’s not forget, gambling affects women too, with women more likely to play online Bingo and online slots than enter a bookies, the traditional betting environment for men. The promise of quick cash and easy money is an age-old lie fostered by those who benefit from exploitation, which is what it is. It is no more and no less an evil than pushing drugs in spite of the government mandate allowing it to prosper.
Like the smiling stage magician who lifts your wallet while he charms you with sleight of hand, the gambling industry is no less distracting. In fact, it’s completely mesmerising. The whole gaming and casino shebang is designed to overpower your rational thinking using glitz, sparkle, mesmeric noise, excitement and pleasant, euphoric feelings as it pockets your cash; giving a little back here and there so you enjoy an adequate rush of feel-good dopamine to your brain when you pick a winner/get a winning line/a full house/jackpot/or a royal flush – just enough payback to entice you into staking your next bet. Many casinos offer free food and drink to their punters because they know ‘there’s no such thing as a free lunch…’ The casinos in Las Vegas even pump oxygen into their establishments and maintain a constant ‘cool’ temperature to help their customers stay energised and awake throughout the night.
Now, with the availability of online gambling, tech savvy children are getting caught up in the get rich quick glitz via I-phones and tablets. What is most disgraceful is that although the bets you make are in cash on your debit card, any winnings you receive are only paid back as digital ‘credits’, like casino chips, with a recipient having to jump through various difficult online hoops to convert these winning credits back into cash. So what’s easier? Spin the wheel again and, uh-oh, you just lost all those credits. Time to top ‘em up again!
Crime and Gambling
Problem gamblers are more likely to suffer from low self-esteem, stress, anxiety and depression and are also more likely to go to prison as a result of criminal activity (usually theft and fraud). And there’s a strong link between gambling and alcohol abuse. Many gambling addicts are also addicted to alcohol.
Hypnotherapy Can Cure Addiction
I use hypnotherapy and a range of other tools to treat gambling and other addictive behaviours. Whatever your occupation or social status, let me help you address your gambling habit so you can be back in control of your life.
I can help you think more positively about life and free yourself from what is a dangerous, repetitive pattern of behaviour.
Do you have a gambling problem? Answer yes to two or more of the below questions and it’s time to talk.
Do you stay away from work, college or school to gamble?
Do you gamble to escape from boredom?
When you run out of money to gamble with are you desperate to gamble again as soon as possible?
Do you gamble until your last penny is gone?
Have you ever lied to cover up your gambling?
Has gambling caused arguments with loved ones?
Have you lied, stolen or borrowed to gamble?
Are you reluctant to spend ‘gambling money’ on anything else?
Have you lost interest in family, friends or hobbies?
After losing, do you feel you have to win back your losses urgently?
Do you feel depressed because of your gambling?
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