Treating Compulsive Gambling with Hypnosis

June 3rd, 2013 § 2 comments

Treating compulsive gambling behaviors is easy with hypnosis. Using hypnosis, we can access the subconscious mind and create alternative behaviors that work for you, not against you.

Taking a chance on winning the Lotto now and then is harmless, but it is a gamble. We take gambles all the time. The shelves at our stores are lined with products promising us relief from a variety of discomforts, once we buy the product. We’ll feel better, live longer, look younger, and people will like us more if we just take this pill, drive this car, read this book, or watch this movie. Life is a gamble, but for some, gambling becomes an addiction.

Statistically speaking, gambling just doesn’t pay. Every now and then you might get lucky and win a few bucks, or cup full of coins, but the payoff rarely matches what was spent trying to win in the first place. The fantasy of “winning the big one” can really get its hooks into some people, and they find themselves risking everything for that big pay off that’s just around the corner. All reason is lost, perspective is skewed, and priorities falsely assigned when the gambling bug hits you.

Reason for Concern

What may have started out as a fun game of chance, can become an addiction if you lose the ability to control how much you spend. If you experience any of the following signs, you should consider coming into Intuitive Hypnosis, in Portland, Oregon, for help with your gambling.

  • Constant or frequent compulsion to risk money or assets beyond the ability to pay.
  • Gambling with money allocated for rent or a mortgage payment.
  • Suffering great financial stress as a result of gambling.
  • Borrowing against the equity of a home or other property to gamble.
  • Great optimism about winning which is not based on any practical or statistical evidence.
  • Self delusion about the ability to observe winning patterns which will “beat the odds”.

(Excerpted from Psychological Aspects of Gambling Addiction)

Those addicted to gambling experience a constant internal conflict with the logical part of their mind telling them they need to stop gambling right now and never gamble again, and part of their subconscious mind telling them “just once more” and then you can stop. It’s frustrating to have the different parts of your mind out of sync with each other, and generally, your subconscious mind tends to have the upper hand.

Treatment with Hypnosis

To remove the gambling hook, it is necessary to access the part of your subconscious mind where the problem resides. This can be achieved with hypnosis. Hypnosis is a safe and effective means of accessing your subconscious mind, where you house all your habits, rituals, routines, and addictions. By accessing your subconscious mind, you can remove the “craving” for addictive behaviors such as gambling. It is also effective for the treatment of other compulsive behaviors, such as compulsive shopping, eating, exercising, and more.

In Conclusion

A gambling addiction can interfere with all areas of your life. It can strain your family relationships, affect your work attendance or performance, and result in the loss of property and other assets necessary to function normally. If you or someone you know is experiencing difficulty giving up the gambling habit, it may be more of an addiction than a habit. Hypnosis can help. Gambling doesn’t have to ruin your life.

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  • Marilyn Lancelot says:

    Gripped by Gambling. Sure, everyone loves to gamble . . . if they win. But, the person sitting next to you in church, the man in line at the grocery store, or one of your co-workers; any one of these could be involved with a gambling problem. Imagine your grandmother committing a crime to support her gambling addiction. I am a recovering alcoholic, gambler, and have recovered from other addictive behaviors. I published a book, Gripped by Gambling, where the readers can follow the destructive path of the compulsive gambler, a prison sentence, and then on to the recovery road.

    I also publish a free online newsletter, Women Helping Women, which has been on-line for more than twelve years and is read by hundreds of women (and men) from around the world. ( I have been interviewed many times, and appeared on the 60 Minutes show in January 2011, which was moderated by Leslie Stahl.


    Marilyn Lancelot

    • Thank you for your comment, and for your ongoing support for people with gambling issues. It’s nice to know that compulsive gambling, like other compulsive and/or addictive behaviors, can be mastered.

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