How to Stop Gambling? Should you try Hypnosis for Gambling?

A gambling addiction is a complex problem. There is in fact, evidence that genetics may play a role. Some recent research indicates that individuals with addictions, including gambling, have a deficiency in their ability to incorporate a neurotransmitter chemical, dopamine, into their systems. Low dopamine levels can be associated with reduced resistance to stress, and to poor impulse control.

However, genetics plays only a small role in compulsive gambling. The roots of the problem are emotional and psychological, and that is where hypnosis and hypnotherapy come into play as important weapons in the fight against this addiction.

Compulsive gamblers have a number of problems in common, and all of them are things that a competent, trained hypnotist—in Gold Coast think Greg Thompson—has the tools to deal with.

Compulsive gamblers tend to be impulsive. They are people who act first, and think later, if at all. Sometimes they actually fail to make the connection between what they do and what happens afterwards. A skilled hypnotherapist will give them the tools they need to put a metaphorical pause button between having the impulse and acting on it.

Tied to this is the fact that compulsive gamblers have often been raised in a way that makes them see themselves as powerless. They don’t think they have any control over their lives, and that whether they succeed or fail at things is out of their control, determined instead by fate, or accident, or someone else’s decisions. Hypnosis offers a way to gain a sense of empowerment, of being in control of your life.

A surprising number of compulsive gamblers also suffer from ADHD—attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Cognitive therapy is accepted as a highly effective means of treating ADHD, and hypnosis has been shown to make that treatment even more powerful.

Many compulsive gamblers suffer from chronic anxiety, even before the stress resulting from the devastation caused by their gambling losses. Clinical hypnosis and hypnotherapy are well established as tools for reducing anxiety.

Also, many gambling addicts are depressed. For them, the rush that comes from gambling is a form of self-medication. Hypnosis has been used successfully for decades in the treatment of depression.

Compulsive gambling is a big problem in Australia, with a massive negative impact on the gamblers, their loved ones, and the country’s economy. Clinical hypnosis and hypnotherapy offer an effective way to work with the problem.

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