Obsession: The next win
Compulsion: Playing the game
Gambling can occur through on-line games or in person, such as at casinos or race tracks. Additionally, back room poker games, and side-betting can also become problematic for those engaging in compulsive gambling. We hear from many families whose loved ones are engaged in all stages of gambling addiction. Some may be keeping secrets from friends and family members about their whereabouts or where their money has disappeared to. Others may admit these things, but deny any problem, despite continued negative consequences on the family (such as not being able to pay bills, sudden repossessions of property, pawning or selling family items for money, etc). Others, yet, may now see all of their assets gone, and “at the end of their rope.” Regardless of where you (or your friend or family member) may be in the gambling addiction cycle, deep underlying pain and shame are often at the root cause of these symptoms. By attending The Bridge, and addressing these underlying issues, the gambling addict is able to effectively resolve pain and shame they carry, and no longer find a need to engage in negative behavior patterns, such as gambling.