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Transcend Addiction

Transcend Addiction

Advice From The Founder Of Rise Center for Recovery

– By Dani Reeves

The new year is here and many of us have already made our resolutions. The usual eating better and exercising more are always good; but what about, “I’m going to beat my addiction to gambling”? It’s a more common resolution than you’d might think, and why Sydney Smith, founder of Rise Center for Recovery, is here to help explain gambling behavior, the signs to look for and how best to get help.

How would you describe a gambling addiction?

Gambling comes in all forms. It’s not just casino gaming. It’s the lotto, stock market, sports betting. Betting is any time you make a wager or you make a bet where the outcome is unknown.

Addictive behavior (gambling) is only the symptom of the problem. With so much biology behind addiction, tests have shown that the brain activity of a drug addict who is high is the same as when a gambler is betting. So just because you are not ingesting anything, your body is still experiencing the same effect.

What are the first signs of addiction? What behaviors should we look for?

Gambling is an invisible disease.  Family and friends [may] know something is wrong but they can’t physically see it. There are a few things to look for if you believe someone you know has an addiction. Is there unaccounted-for time? Is there money missing? Missing valuable items? Are there any abnormal mood swings? Family members who are living around the addiction

often feel crazy because gamblers are very good at manipulation and lying. A gambler in action will actually mimic bipolar behavior.  They also may complain about often having skull crushing headaches, stomach problems, anxiety, or even have high blood pressure.

Other questions for people to ask themselves: Have you ever bet more than you intended? Or have you ever lied or concealed the gambling to other people? Are you able to set limits? Have you ever lost the ability to stop? Answering yes to these questions could be red flags when diagnosing an addiction.

How does RISE Center help overcome this disease?

First, with any addiction it’s important to help the person realize that what they do in their addiction is not really who they are as a person. At Rise, we take more of a holistic approach to recovery. The world disease, when broken down, is “dis-ease,” which is a disconnect between the head and body. At Rise, we treat the person as a whole…mind and body is as one. We are connected.

When dealing with something so complex such as a gambling addiction, Rise knows it’s not easy to overcome. Recovery is an inside out job. It’s something you can’t do alone… but you have to do by yourself.

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