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Many people with impulse control disorders are often unaware of their actions. They don’t see the behavior as uncontrollable or impulsive. Most activities happen outside the person’s awareness. The behaviors act as a coping mechanism for other stressors. 

Gambling disorder is an impulse control disorder. Constantly thinking about gambling activities, planning future gambling sessions, or reliving past gambling experiences are signs of gambling disorders in yourself or a loved one. Increased amounts of money to feel the rush of winning and restlessness or irritability when attempting to stop also occurs. 

TRUE Addiction and Behavioral Health’s primary care professionals for gambling addiction treatment center in Nashville, TN, offer evidence-based approaches for Tennessee residents who need help understanding their gambling behavior. It is also designed for compulsive gamblers seeking treatment.

Other Types of Impulse Control Disorders

Sex Addiction is the uncontrollable fixation on sexual thoughts, fantasies, and behaviors. Mainstream media suggests that those with a sexual addiction constantly have sex with as many people as possible. But it isn’t limited to that. Sex addiction can also include prostitution, watching pornography, masturbation, and nonconsensual observation of sexual activity. 

Pyromania is among the rarest impulse control disorders. Individuals feel a constant and intense infatuation with fire and deliberate acts of fire setting.

Trichotillomania is a disorder most commonly known as compulsive hair pulling. Individuals typically pull their hair to the point of noticeable hair loss in patches or the entire head.

Onychophagia, commonly called nail biting, is repetitive and compulsive, typically seen in children and young adults.

Kleptomania is the urge to steal, typically without regard for need or profit.

Compulsive Buying Disorder (CBD) is when apps like Amazon, Shein, Zappos, and countless others make buying online as easy as clicking a button. When individuals develop CBD, they have an unstoppable urge to shop, even when it leads to financial distress. 

Internet Gaming Disorder (IGD)is when an individual has access to the internet, apps, and gaming consoles that connect using wifi. The number of individuals becoming addicted to gaming continues to grow. From young kids and adolescents to adults with careers, gaming is ever-growing in popularity. 

Excoriation Disorder can be a coping mechanism from time to time when they are nervous or anxious. However, this pathological skin-picking disorder is when a person repeatedly picks at this skin to the point of lesions and sores. 

Compulsive Exercise evolved from social media and pop culture dictating the ideal body type. The use of filters and photoshopped images, along with the emergence of AI-generated photos, doesn’t make it any better. Living up to those standards can be nearly impossible. Prompted by these images and messages, individuals exercise excessively to meet these standards. 

Compulsive Hoarding is presented on A&E’s popular show, Hoarders. The show presents the reality of people who suffer from the disorder. Individuals with compulsive hoarding find it impossible to let go of possessive and even garbage. Hoarding is typically onset by trauma and the need to not lose more in life than they already have.

Why Choose Us for Gambling Addiction Treatment?

We are driven by a passion for witnessing people achieve freedom from any affliction that keeps them from living a positive lifestyle of purpose. We provide an environment that creates a supportive healing platform that can transform the brokenhearted into being restored. Our daily breath is to serve others with a purpose-driven mission to break the chains of the hopeless and establish hope, strength, faith, and love for them to find a connection to having a purpose-filled life. 

TRUE Addiction and Behavioral Health was birthed to be the source of healing, restoration, and connection through love in all our services. This vision became a mission, then created a lifestyle that is now our heartbeat.

We live and thrive daily to bring hope to all those seeking a place of refuge to find their TRUE authentic self and TRUE purpose in life. All of this is achieved by creating an environment to equip people to find the tools needed to change their long-term recovery outcomes from temporary to eternal. TRUE was established based on these principles, and they are what move us with a motivating aim to pursue our “WHY” every day in everything we do with;  integrity, passion, diligence, patience, kindness, compassion, empathy, and love. 

Our Approach to Gambling Addiction Treatment

TRUE offers several evidence-based approaches for treating gambling addiction. Our clients can learn coping skills for dealing with life’s challenges during our therapy sessions. This occurs in the presence of a licensed therapist who facilitates the sessions.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) identifies conflicting behaviors and how to cope. Our therapists help clients pinpoint negative thoughts and apply strategies to replace them with positive ones. We understand that thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are interconnected, but once those change, overall mental health improves.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based approach built on the idea that individuals who experience intense emotions contribute to negative behaviors and thoughts. DBT focuses on mindfulness, recognizing how you feel in the moment. This leads to emotion regulation and distress tolerance.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is a therapy used when clients have a difficult time coping with traumatic events that happened in their lives. EMDR works to stimulate the area of the brain containing the memories and target the memory. Once the memory is targeted, the therapist will have the client discuss it while coaching them through resolving the trauma.

Life Coaching

Life coaching for gambling addiction rehab is a form of support and guidance for our clients recovering from gambling addiction. Life coaches work with clients to help them create a fulfilling and purposeful life in recovery. While therapists and counselors focus on addressing the psychological aspects of addiction, our life coaches focus on practical strategies and skills to support clients in rebuilding their lives.

Recovery Coaching

Recovery coaching is a supportive and personalized approach to helping our clients with co-occurring substance abuse addiction. It can be valuable in navigating the recovery process. Our recovery coaches are trained professionals who provide guidance, encouragement, and accountability to individuals seeking to overcome their addiction and maintain long-term sobriety by providing another level of accountability, addiction education, and life skill development for overcoming cravings and preventing relapse.

Holistic Therapy

Holistic therapy is an alternative treatment service that focuses on the whole person, not just specific addiction-related symptoms. Our therapists consider our clients’ physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being, allowing them to achieve balance and develop coping skills. We use several holistic therapy services, including music, art, yoga, fitness, movement, animal, and acupuncture. 

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)

Rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT) helps individuals understand unhelpful thoughts that can lead to negative emotions or behaviors. REBT focuses on the moment and what a person is feeling. Our therapists help you form new ways of approaching challenges, thoughts, and circumstances. The root of the adverse emotions is addressed so that self-sabotaging behavior can taper off.

Our Gambling Addiction Treatment Programs

If you or someone you know suffers from gambling addiction, treatment is the first step in changing the behaviors associated with a disruptive life. Individuals need medical support from professionals who understand their specific concerns. 

From there, the treatment team can develop individualized goals. Working collaboratively with each individual, treatment facilities can develop a plan beyond a standard model and create a personable and actionable set of guidelines instead.

Through proper medication and support, individuals with a gambling addiction can manage their symptoms and reduce the negative impact of impulsive control behaviors on their lives.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

A supportive home environment can make all the difference in recovery from gambling addiction. This program suits individuals who have support at home and do not need around-the-clock care from a mental health professional. This outpatient treatment option is typically designed for individuals moving out of PHP. Most IOPs meet 3-4 days weekly for 3-5 hours. Think of it this way: after breakfast, you come to treatment. By lunchtime, you are ready to return to your daily obligations. 

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

A partial hospitalization program (PHP) benefits individuals struggling with a gambling addiction. The program is ideal for patients needing more than outpatient care without 24/7 inpatient treatment. PHPs help individuals by providing a safe and structured environment with access to medical supervision, including therapy with family members and one-on-one and group therapy with individuals with the same mental health disorder and substance abuse issues. 

PHP is also ideal for addressing the symptoms of gambling addiction and co-occurring substance use disorders (SUD) because it includes individual and group therapy, medication management, and other experiential therapies. Substance abuse services are integral for comprehensive care at addiction centers.

Individuals can access care during the day and return home in the evenings to continue their routines. They can practice new behaviors, overcome anxiety, and build social connections in a supportive community. 

Sober Living

Sober living is just what the name says. These are homes away from home. Our clients have a supportive community and can start their new life free from suicidal ideation and substances. Residents in sober-living homes commit to abstaining from substance use while participating in an outpatient program, leading to suicide prevention.

Living in a sober environment helps our clients develop new habits and routines with support groups undergoing gambling or other addiction treatment. They apply what they learned during treatment to their daily lives. This is where the real world meets recovery.

Consider a sober living home as a support system as you practice new skills, gain unique insight, and shape your new life in recovery. Our clients do this with other people who are facing the same challenges. We have adolescents, young adults, and older adults in our sober living homes.

Recognizing Signs and Dangers of Gambling Addiction

If you suspect you or someone close to you might have a gambling addiction, here are some common signs and symptoms to watch for:

  • Difficulty resisting impulses
  • Frequent engagement in impulsive actions, even with negative consequences
  • Tension or anxiety before engaging in the behavior
  • Feeling temporary comfort or satisfaction after the completing behavior
  • Inability to control the behaviors
  • Impact on daily life
  • Emotional despair and humiliation after engaging in the behavior

Get Help Now

Even though living with a gambling addiction can be challenging, learning coping skills to make life more meaningful is a step away. Take the first step by visiting our primary care treatment center for gambling treatment, including dual diagnosis, in Nashville, TN, or call us today. Our providers are standing by.