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Starting Gambling addiction counseling

What is Gambling addiction counseling?

Gambling addiction counseling is a specialized therapeutic approach designed to address and alleviate problematic or compulsive gambling behavior. It offers individuals a structured and supportive setting to delve into the root causes of their excessive gambling.

How does Gambling addiction counseling work?

Our gambling addiction therapists in Chesterfield, VA will collaborate with you to identify and alter thought patterns and behaviors that drive your gambling compulsions, often employing cognitive behavioral techniques. The primary objective of this counseling is to assist you in regaining control, establishing healthier habits, and addressing any underlying emotional or psychological issues.

Is Gambling addiction counseling conducted in person or online?

Gambling addiction counseling with our providers at Thriveworks in Chesterfield, VA is conducted both in person and online by video. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long does Gambling addiction counseling last?

The length of gambling addiction counseling can differ depending on the person's particular requirements and the seriousness of their addiction. Typically, this form of counseling includes multiple sessions spanning from several weeks to several months. The precise number of sessions and overall therapy duration are determined through discussions with the counselor,

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Atlantic City. Las Vegas. Monte Carlo. Reno. A few decades ago, when people thought of gambling, they most likely thought of these cities, but more recently, that perception is changing. Certainly, these iconic cities are still places where people go for entertainment and vacation and gambling. However, more and more, people are placing their bets in their home towns and in their own living rooms. Some form of gambling is legal in 48 states, and for many people, gambling is simply a form of entertainment. Their bets are placed. They either win, or they lose. Then, life moves on. Other others, gambling develops into more. Instead of moving on, gambling takes over their lives. They have become addicted to gambling. Just like other addiction, gambling can change an individual’s brain so that they become dependent. However, also like other addictions, gambling addiction has treatments.

“There are many harsh lessons to be learned from the gambling experience, but the harshest one of all is the difference between having Fun and being Smart.”
—Hunter S. Thompson

The therapists at Thriveworks Chesterfield who are struggling with their gambling and who are ready for help. We understand the harm that a gambling addiction can cause, but we also understand how to heal and regain control.

Gambling Addiction and The Brain

It has long been known that gambling is an activity that can cause certain people a significant amount of trouble. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) outlines different types of mental health disorders and challenges, and for years, it categorized gambling as an impulse control disorder. However, in the DSM-5, the most recent edition, moved gambling under the label of addiction.

A significant amount of research went into the decision to categorize a gambling disorder as an addiction. Studies have looked at what gambling can do to people’s brains. When an individual gambles compulsively, what is happening in their brain is what happens in the brains of those who are addicted to substances like Marijuana or prescription drugs. When people are addicted, the brain floods with dopamine when they gamble. This dopamine causes a kind of high, a very good feeling. People become addicted to that feeling and to the dopamine that is released. Gambling is the pathway to that release.

Gambling Addiction’s Symptoms

Scientific American is a magazine that has studied gambling addiction. They found that approximately 2 million people in the United States are addicted to gambling. Most of these are men as 1 in 165 men are or will be addicted in their lifetime while 1 in 500 women are or will be addicted in their lifetime.

Many people gamble, but they are not addicted. The DSM-5 gives criteria for diagnosing and recognizing the addiction. Individuals who have a gambling will exhibit a minimum of four of the following for at least one year:

  • Having to spend more and more on gambling in order to feel the same good feelings.
  • Experiencing emotions like restlessness and irritability when attempting to curb or stop.
  • Thinking about gambling on a regular basis; remembering past bets; planning for future endeavors.
  • Gambling as a way to cope with difficult feelings like guilt, anxiety, depression, and more.
  • After losing money, attempting to win that money back by gambling more.
  • Deceiving others about where, when, how, and how much one is gambling.
  • Risking one’s opportunities, relationships, jobs, and more (not just money) in order to wager.
  • Leaning upon other people, borrowing money in order to place one’s bets. Continuing to gamble despite financial hardships.

Belief Patterns and Gambling Addictions

These symptoms of addiction can cause significant harm, but they do not tell the whole story of how a gambling addiction may take over an individual’s life. The tip of the iceberg in a gambling addiction is the placing of bets, the coin slots, and more. However, below the surface, much more is happening. Addiction can lead people into belief systems that fuel and sustain the surface behaviors. Two common beliefs that addiction can teach people are…

  • Superstitions: Addictions often have rituals, and a gambling addiction’s rituals often come in the form of superstitions. These behaviors are not connected logically or physiologically to a bet’s success or failure, but in an individual’s belief system, superstitions are often the foundation of gambling. They may choose a particular slot machine or swear a certain outfit or consume a particular food. These superstitions can fuel the addiction.
  • Denial: All people who are addicted can minimize the nature of their struggle, and the same holds true for addicts. They may reframe what they are doing as entertainment (although many people certainly gamble responsibly as a form of entertainment). They often deceive themselves about the consequences of the addiction.

Appointments with Thriveworks Chesterfield for Gambling Addiction Treatment

As you read through the different signs and symptoms of a gambling addiction, was there anything that stood out to you? If so, consider reaching out. Early treatment may be able to help people in their recovery. Thriveworks Chesterfield offers appointments for gambling addiction, and we are ready to meet with you. When you call our office, we do not have a voicemail, but a scheduling specialist will answer. Your first appointment may be the following day. We also accept many different insurance plans. Weekend and evening appointments are also offered. Let’s get started.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We cover 180 million Americans – and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Chesterfield therapists and counselors accept 25 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia | BCBS

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia Medicare Advantage

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia | BCBS

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

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I have not felt great after two days on the medication prescribed for me on Saturday. But, my psychologist is amazing she listens and is friendly. Had amazing experience and advice to give out to me.
Read more I have not felt great after two days on the medication prescribed for me on Saturday. But, my psychologist is amazing she listens and is friendly. Had amazing experience and advice to give out to me.
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I was so nervous about going to therapy being that I’ve never foresaw a reason or need to go… I had encountered a very traumatic accident at work and it left me confused and depressed about my career path! I can honestly say if it weren’t for Ariane I’d still be left battling confusion and and depression from my accident. I’ve suffered anxiety and panic attacks from the incident but Ari has given me helpful tips to get through my tough times when I’m experiencing those attacks. I’m just so grateful to have encountered a very experienced and understanding counselor who genuinely has my best interest at a full recovery at heart!
Read more I was so nervous about going to therapy being that I’ve never foresaw a reason or need to go… I had encountered a very traumatic accident at work and it left me confused and depressed about my career path! I can honestly say if it weren’t for Ariane I’d still be left battling confusion and and depression from my accident. I’ve suffered anxiety and panic attacks from the incident but Ari has given me helpful tips to get through my tough times when I’m experiencing those attacks. I’m just so grateful to have encountered a very experienced and understanding counselor who genuinely has my best interest at a full recovery at heart!
Chesterfield Nov 2021
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This was my first therapy experience. I was in desperate need for help. Jenee was my therapist for a year and I can’t overstate how incredibly helpful she has been. She met me where I was mentally and helped me to find myself and healthy/productive ways of dealing with my everyday struggles. I’m a completely different and happier person thanks to her hard work.
Read more This was my first therapy experience. I was in desperate need for help. Jenee was my therapist for a year and I can’t overstate how incredibly helpful she has been. She met me where I was mentally and helped me to find myself and healthy/productive ways of dealing with my everyday struggles. I’m a completely different and happier person thanks to her hard work.
Chesterfield Feb 2021
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Ramona Peters at Thriveworks is the most empathetic person and amazing social worker. She is prompt, considerate, compassionate and so insightful. Her love for people and her ability to connect truly shine through in my encounters with her. She has real life experience and such a truthful yet kind and humanitarian way of helping people look at and solve dilemas and overcome day to day obstacles in life. Would highly recommend!
Read more Ramona Peters at Thriveworks is the most empathetic person and amazing social worker. She is prompt, considerate, compassionate and so insightful. Her love for people and her ability to connect truly shine through in my encounters with her. She has real life experience and such a truthful yet kind and humanitarian way of helping people look at and solve dilemas and overcome day to day obstacles in life. Would highly recommend!
Chesterfield Oct 2020
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Dr. Lottie Ampy is an excellent therapist and psychologist, who has served in the counseling and psychology field for many years. I have had the opportunity to work with her in the community and have seen her skills in action first hand, whether for crisis situations or generalized therapy for individuals or families. She has many talents and skills, but especially excels helping others to reach their personalized goals when in midst of going through difficult times. She is an excellent clinician and is also aware of local and regional resources. She delivers caring, compassionate services and is a clinician/psychologist who can work with you, right where you are. She is an asset to the Thriveworks team. Dr. Ampy renders 5*+ services to all she encounters.
Read more Dr. Lottie Ampy is an excellent therapist and psychologist, who has served in the counseling and psychology field for many years. I have had the opportunity to work with her in the community and have seen her skills in action first hand, whether for crisis situations or generalized therapy for individuals or families. She has many talents and skills, but especially excels helping others to reach their personalized goals when in midst of going through difficult times. She is an excellent clinician and is also aware of local and regional resources. She delivers caring, compassionate services and is a clinician/psychologist who can work with you, right where you are. She is an asset to the Thriveworks team. Dr. Ampy renders 5*+ services to all she encounters.
Chesterfield Sep 2020
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Ramona is a wonderful social worker with a calming presence. She makes you feel heard and respected, while also helping you reflect and move forward.
Read more Ramona is a wonderful social worker with a calming presence. She makes you feel heard and respected, while also helping you reflect and move forward.
Chesterfield Sep 2020
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Ms. Stefanie is an absolute therapy guru! She helped me tremendously with communicating more effectively in my relationships. She is unbiased, a great listener, and was very thorough in explaining the different techniques that I could use to maximize my efforts in communicating better. The guidance I received from Ms. Stefanie truly influenced a major part of my personal growth.
Read more Ms. Stefanie is an absolute therapy guru! She helped me tremendously with communicating more effectively in my relationships. She is unbiased, a great listener, and was very thorough in explaining the different techniques that I could use to maximize my efforts in communicating better. The guidance I received from Ms. Stefanie truly influenced a major part of my personal growth.
Chesterfield Jun 2020
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Dr. Allison Jackson is a compassionate and highly-skilled professional. Her education and vast experience allow her to meet the needs of her clients in a cooperative and dynamic manner. Specializing in trauma and in transforming lives, Dr. Jackson listens to your needs and supports you in finding a better future. Couples and families will find she listens to all perspectives in reaching healthy, unified goals. When engaging with her for therapy, you will receive outstanding service.
Read more Dr. Allison Jackson is a compassionate and highly-skilled professional. Her education and vast experience allow her to meet the needs of her clients in a cooperative and dynamic manner. Specializing in trauma and in transforming lives, Dr. Jackson listens to your needs and supports you in finding a better future. Couples and families will find she listens to all perspectives in reaching healthy, unified goals. When engaging with her for therapy, you will receive outstanding service.
Chesterfield Jun 2020
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Getting here

Across the street is Simple Intervention and Huff Poole & Mahoney PC legal services. Next door is Branches of Life and the office of dentist Sasala Albert. There is also a Starbucks in the parking lot, as well as First Watch restaurant and TowneBank.

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(804) 375-5195

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