If you spend most of your free time at the race track or casino, and these activities negatively affect your relationships or finances, seek treatment for gambling addiction. Licensed clinical social worker Vincent Hochstatter, LCSW, provides complete care for gambling addiction. Call the office based in Corpus Christi, Texas, or book online today to schedule a virtual appointment.
Gambling addiction is a behavioral disorder characterized by an uncontrollable urge to gamble, regardless of its adverse effects on your life. Gambling is a lot like drugs and alcohol; it stimulates the reward centers of your brain. If you lie, steal, or cheat to maintain your habit, seek professional help immediately.
Symptoms of gambling addiction include:
If you have a gambling addiction, you might also accrue a lot of debt or get into serious financial trouble from gambling away money you don’t actually have.
Make an appointment with Vincent if your friends, family members, or co-workers express concern about your gambling habit. That’s especially true if you take steps to cover up or feel defensive when someone asks about it.
Several factors may increase your risk of gambling addiction, including:
You’re also more likely to experience a gambling addiction if you have certain personality traits. For example, highly competitive individuals are more at risk.
Vincent diagnoses gambling addictions virtually through telehealth appointments.
At the beginning of the visit, Vincent reviews your medical records, asks about your gambling habit, and conducts a psychiatric assessment. During the evaluation, he asks you questions about your thoughts, feelings, and behavior toward gambling.
After gathering the necessary information, Vincent compares your symptoms with the criteria for gambling addiction published in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).
Treatment of a gambling addiction typically involves a combination of factors, including prescription medication, psychiatric therapy, and support groups. During therapy, Vincent teaches you skills that reduce your urge to gamble. In addition, joining a support group exposes you to others with similar problems and helps hold you accountable.
If you’re struggling with a gambling addiction, request a telehealth appointment with Vincent Hochstatter, LCSW, by calling or booking online today.