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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 Knoxville, TN 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 Knoxville, TN 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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Vegas. Atlantic City. Reno. Monte Carlo. These are the iconic places to gamble, but the reality is that more and more people are gambling in their hometowns and even in their living rooms. Utah and Hawaii are the only states where there is not a way to gamble legally. With accessibility, gambling is a common form of entertainment. For some, gambling is not a problem. They place their bets; they win or lose; they go on with their lives. For others, gambling is a problem. Much like alcohol, gambling can become addictive. Gambling can interfere with people’s lives. Gambling can change their brains. But also like alcohol addiction, there are treatments and interventions for gambling addiction.

“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

Thriveworks Knoxville offers therapy for gambling addiction, and we have seen clients take back control of their lives from out-of-control gambling.

The Brain and Gambling Addiction

For several decades, mental health professionals have known that gambling can become a problem for people. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) classified different mental health challenges that people can face, and in the 1980s, it categorized compulsive gambling under the label of impulsive control disorder. More recently, mental health professionals have changed their classification. The most recent edition of the DSM places compulsive gambling within the chapter of addiction.

Recent studies have shown that what happens in the brain of a compulsive gambler is very similar to other addictions, even to substances like opioids or alcohol. When a gambling addiction develops, dopamine floods an individual’s brain so that they feel a kind of high as they gamble. It is not gambling, per se, that people are addicted to but the emotions they feel as they gamble.

Symptoms of Gambling Disorder

Many people who gamble are not addicted. However, many people who gamble are addicted. The journal Scientific American studied the phenomenon and found that as many as 2 million adults in the US are struggling with a gambling addiction. One in 165 men and 1 in 500 women will struggle at some point in their life.

The DSM-5 outlines criteria for behavior that constitutes a gambling addiction. Of the signs and symptoms, an individual must display at least four within a continuous 12-month period.

  • Using more and more money when gambling to experience the same high.
  • Feelings of irritability or restlessness when trying to stop or curb gambling.
  • Frequently thinking about gambling: rehashing past experiences or arranging for future experiences.
  • Using betting as a coping mechanism for feeling anxious, guilty, depression, or another hard emotion.
  • Trying to win back money lost through gambling.
  • Lying about how much, when, where, and how one is gambling.
  • Risking not just money but also jobs, relationships, opportunities, and more in order to gamble.
  • Experiencing financial difficulties because of gambling; relying upon others to supply the money needed to gamble.

Gambling Addiction and Belief Patterns

There are a number of ways that a gambling addiction can change how an individual views themselves, the world, and others. The peak of the iceberg in a gambling addiction are the coin slots, the bets, the sporting events, but underneath these actions are distorted belief patterns. Certain belief patterns reinforce or fuel the gambling addiction. Two of the most common distorted belief patterns found among gambling addicts include…

  • Superstitions: These are rituals that have no logical or physiological connection to the gamble, but that an addict believes will contribute to a bet’s success. It may involve playing a particular slot machine or wearing a particular article of clothing or drinking a particular drink. These superstitions are distorted beliefs that perpetuate the addiction.
  • Denial: Addicts are well-known for minimizing the mental health challenges they are facing, and gambling addicts are no different. While gambling certainly can be entertainment, addicts may label their compulsive actions as entertainment to hide the extent of the problem. They may lie to loved ones about their financial situation. They often lie to themselves, justifying their behavior in some way.

Setting Up an Appointment for Gambling Addiction Treatment with Thriveworks Knoxville

If gambling is causing problems in your life, consider reaching out for help. If you recognized any of the symptoms of a gambling addiction, it may be time to meet with a mental health professional. Thriveworks Knoxville offers therapy for gambling addiction, and we have helped many people reset their brain and regain control.

Each client at Thriveworks Knoxville receives individualized care, but often, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a part of the treatment plan. CBT focuses upon the intersection between what people believe and how they behavior. It helps clients recognize the distorted thinking patterns of a gambling addiction. Once people can discern these false beliefs, they can work on changing them and changing the behaviors that flow from them.

If you are ready to get started on treatment, so are we. When you call Thriveworks Knoxville, one of our scheduling specialists (that is, a real person) will answer and help you find an appointment time. We offer evening and weekend sessions. New clients often have their first appointment within 24 hours of their first call. We also accept a variety of insurance plans. Let’s get started. Call today.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
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Our Knoxville therapists and counselors accept 22 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee | BCBS

  • BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Medicare Advantage

  • Caresource

  • Cigna | Evernorth

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  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

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4.6 Thriveworks Knoxville reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
I saw Justin for assistance with OCD. He showed me how to look at things in a way that did not allow my OCD to take over. I will would highly recommend him.
Read more I saw Justin for assistance with OCD. He showed me how to look at things in a way that did not allow my OCD to take over. I will would highly recommend him.
Knoxville Feb 2020
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I have been taking my 7 year old grandson to see Justin. He had horrible anxiety. It saddened us to see how bad it was. He had developed tics. Justin was absolutely wonderful with him. He has overcome most of his fears and tics have went away. I would highly recommend Justin.
Read more I have been taking my 7 year old grandson to see Justin. He had horrible anxiety. It saddened us to see how bad it was. He had developed tics. Justin was absolutely wonderful with him. He has overcome most of his fears and tics have went away. I would highly recommend Justin.
Knoxville Sep 2019
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Going to Thriveworks for the past year and a half has been the most rewarding counseling experience I’ve had. Seeing Lindsey has had the single biggest impact on my emotional and mental health, especially in healing from past childhood abuse and trauma, and ongoing PTSD. Out of multiple counselors in two states, Lindsey Chandler is by far the one with whom I’ve felt the most accepted, supported, and encouraged by. I am grateful for the Thriveworks space, as it is not at all clinical nor intimidating, but entirely warn and welcoming. It is nearly a scent-free environment, which is vital for the comfort of any highly sensitive persons. I choose to drive an hour from home each visit specifically to stay loyal to a place where I finally feel safe and valued—where in the past commuting five minutes from home to work with a therapist felt like a chore and an ordeal—and I will continue to do so as I work further toward a healthier me.
Read more Going to Thriveworks for the past year and a half has been the most rewarding counseling experience I’ve had. Seeing Lindsey has had the single biggest impact on my emotional and mental health, especially in healing from past childhood abuse and trauma, and ongoing PTSD. Out of multiple counselors in two states, Lindsey Chandler is by far the one with whom I’ve felt the most accepted, supported, and encouraged by. I am grateful for the Thriveworks space, as it is not at all clinical nor intimidating, but entirely warn and welcoming. It is nearly a scent-free environment, which is vital for the comfort of any highly sensitive persons. I choose to drive an hour from home each visit specifically to stay loyal to a place where I finally feel safe and valued—where in the past commuting five minutes from home to work with a therapist felt like a chore and an ordeal—and I will continue to do so as I work further toward a healthier me.
Knoxville Jan 2019
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★★★★★
Dr Neal has helped me more in the last 2 months than any other therapist in the last 5 years. Therapy has become a joy instead of a chore. :)
Read more Dr Neal has helped me more in the last 2 months than any other therapist in the last 5 years. Therapy has become a joy instead of a chore. :)
Knoxville Dec 2018
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★★★★★
Justin Hall is an excellent therapist. Very easy to talk to and genuinely concerned with the patient.
Read more Justin Hall is an excellent therapist. Very easy to talk to and genuinely concerned with the patient.
Knoxville Nov 2018
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★★★★★
Amanda Gilliam has been such a blessing in helping my daughter deal with her anxiety issues. My daughter is much stronger and confident now thanks to Amanda's expertise,dedication, and just willing to talk about whatever my daughter wants to talk about! Great person to call if you in know someone dealing with anxiety!
Read more Amanda Gilliam has been such a blessing in helping my daughter deal with her anxiety issues. My daughter is much stronger and confident now thanks to Amanda's expertise,dedication, and just willing to talk about whatever my daughter wants to talk about! Great person to call if you in know someone dealing with anxiety!
Knoxville Oct 2018
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★★★★★
My son saw “Mrs. Amanda” as he affectionately called her shortly after my marriage ended in a high conflict divorce. My son was 6 years old at the time, so it was difficult for him to process his feelings without knowing how to communicate with us. Amanda Gilliam was always there to listen and provide outlets for him to speak openly about his feelings in a way that could be understood. She is top knotch in my book and I would highly recommend her as a professional!
Read more My son saw “Mrs. Amanda” as he affectionately called her shortly after my marriage ended in a high conflict divorce. My son was 6 years old at the time, so it was difficult for him to process his feelings without knowing how to communicate with us. Amanda Gilliam was always there to listen and provide outlets for him to speak openly about his feelings in a way that could be understood. She is top knotch in my book and I would highly recommend her as a professional!
Knoxville Oct 2018
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★★★★★
I was in sessions with Justin for about a year and highly recommend him. He has a deep grasp of psychology that he is constantly refreshing and renewing, and he was able to help me a lot in understanding what was driving the emotions and feelings of myself and close family members. He was a great help.
Read more I was in sessions with Justin for about a year and highly recommend him. He has a deep grasp of psychology that he is constantly refreshing and renewing, and he was able to help me a lot in understanding what was driving the emotions and feelings of myself and close family members. He was a great help.
Knoxville Sep 2018
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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling Knoxville is located off of N Peters Rd and Market Pl Blvd, across the street from Market Place Shopping Center. Our other neighbors include Block Advisors, Geosyntec Consultants, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Red Roof PLUS+ & Suites Knoxville West - Cedar Bluff. The closest bus stop to our building is N Peters Rd EB @ Market Place Blvd.

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(865) 290-2278

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