Gambling Addiction & Hypnosis

There is a quote by Jack Yelton, “There is a very easy way to return from a casino with a small fortune: go there with a large one.” For some people gambling is entertainment. They go with an allotment of money set aside for gambling and when it is gone, they are done gambling. But for others gambling is an addiction not unlike smoking or drinking. The gambler is often thinking of the next time he or she will be able to gamble.

The reasons men start gambling, the games they play and at what age they start usually differ from women according to the Good Gambling Guide. Men usually start their gambling habit at an earlier age, around 35 years old, and play the more competitive table games like blackjack, in an attempt to beat the house and show how skillful they are. Women, on the other hand, usually start their gambling habit a little later in life, around 45. Women also have a tendency to gamble at games such as slots where they are alone and the game requires minimal or no skill.

Just as the games and ages differ, so do the typical reasons between why men start a gambling habit and why women do. Men will usually gamble due to low self-esteem and insecurities. When they win they see themselves in a better light, and feel better about themselves. But when the gambling high dissipates and they realize how much money they have lost they also see the other problems they have created for themselves. Often being financial binds, debts and relationship issues.

Women tend to start gambling as a way to deal with stress, depression or loneliness. They will also use gambling as a way to escape the frustrations of their jobs, bad relationships or failing marriages. All of which gambling will exacerbate when the money and excitement are gone. And so the cycle will start again.

Hypnosis can help break the cycle of compulsion by getting to the roots of the compulsion and giving the gambler other tools to deal with life issues. Hypnosis can aid in boosting self-esteem, and how one views him or her self. It can help with stress management and dealing with life issues.

Hypnosis is not a cure all or an instant fix, but it can help boost the will power of a person who wants to stop compulsive gambling. And the thrill of beating the compulsion, feeling better about themselves and healthier relationships will make the person want to stay away from gambling and the problems it creates.

If you need help with gambling addiction and would like to learn more about how hypnosis can specifically help you – see our GET Hypnosis in Portland page.

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