Can pathologic gambling be treated?
Yes. However, pathologic gambling can be hard to treat because you may not want to tell others about your problem. First, you have to admit you have a gambling problem by telling your family and friends. Second, you can join Gamblers Anonymous, a self-help group for problem gamblers. Your family and friends can join Gam-Anon. This is a group that helps family members and friends deal with a loved one who is a pathologic gambler. Your family doctor can work with you and your family during your treatment. It's important to complete the treatment program.
Your doctor may refer you to a mental health expert for more help. This help may involve talking about your gambling problem. It may also include advice about how to understand your gambling urges and how to handle them. Treatment for pathologic gambling may also include treatment for depression or substance abuse, if needed.
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