Residential Rehab for Gambling Addiction

How our Gambling Treatment Programme Works

Specialised Programme for Compulsive Gambling

At Smarmore Castle we treat a large number of problem gamblers each year, many of whom have a concurrent addiction to alcohol or drugs.

Gambling addiction in Ireland remains a major problem according to the Irish Times (July 2021) with Ireland ranked 14th in the world in terms of annual gambling losses. Compulsive gambling is a behavioural addiction that leads to financial problems, difficulties at work, disruptions in home life and sometimes suicide.

All forms of gambling can become addictive, regardless of whether you bet on sports, play online poker, engage in spread betting or go to casinos. 

What is a Gambling Addiction?

Compulsive gambling is a behavioural addiction that leads to financial problems, difficulties at work, disruptions in home life and sometimes suicide. All forms of gambling can become addictive, regardless of whether you bet on sports, play online poker, engage in spread betting or go to casinos. 

Treatment Options for Gambling Addiction

In Ireland, help for problem gambling can be hard to find. Voluntary organisations such as Extern Problem Gambling Ireland provide support to problem gamblers and workshops to help and educate people about the problem.

The Self-Help Fellowship of Gamblers Anonymous provides country-wide support groups with good results for their Twelve Step programme, which has helped many.

Residential Treatment for Gambling Addiction is available, but this is mainly in the private sector. Problem Gambling is often associated with other addictions such as Alcoholism or Drug Addiction, and they can be treated at the same time.

Residential Treatment for Gambling Addiction

At Smarmore Castle, a 12 steps approach involving individual and group therapy is used. The special nature of Gambling Addiction lends itself well to cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) which helps a person to look at the consequences of their behaviour realistically and plan the practical steps they need to take (such as self-exclusion from casinos, cancelling credit cards and handing control of finances to a third party).

During our therapy programme for gambling addiction, patients are helped to choose and achieve a set of SMART goals. This allows them to chart their progress through small but important steps. SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-bound. These could be:

  • To stop gambling, alcohol and drug use and to consider underlying issues
  • To work on financial issues with a debt counsellor
  • To learn strategies (such as impulse control and saying ‘no’), to prevent relapse
  • To maintain a healthy lifestyle with a good diet, exercise and creative therapies
  • To repair damaged relationships with family, friends and colleagues

Dual Diagnosis

Problem Gambling is often found in people with other addictions such as alcohol or drug abuse. Additionally, the swift and often dire consequences of gambling, where a person can lose their home and livelihood in a very short time, often result in extreme emotional upheaval which presents as mental health issues such as severe depression or suicidal ideation.

At Smarmore Castle, we assess all our patients carefully in order to establish the exact nature of their mental and emotional state. Our medical, nursing, psychiatric and therapeutic staff will co-operate to produce a treatment plan to cater for each person’s specific needs. More.

Continuing Care/Aftercare

Problem Gambling behaviour is extremely addictive and relapse is always a danger. We place great importance on continuing care after discharge from the residential programme. This can take the form of regular aftercare meetings in person or via Zoom.

We also strongly recommend that all patients attend local meetings of Gamblers Anonymous regularly. More.

Contact Us

If you, a friend or a loved one suffers from a gambling addiction, please contact us now for help. We are available to answer queries 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and can arrange a quick admission onto our gambling addiction rehab programme.

Call now: 041 214 5111.

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    Page created: 25 February, 2020 Last updated and clinically assessed 7 December, 2021