Gambling Addiction

Gambling Addictions in Philadelphia: Gambling addiction in Philadelphia has become a growing trend ever since Act 71 was passed in Pennsylvania in 2004, legalizing slot casinos in the state. With the increasing ease of gambling in Philadelphia, the lines between Social Gambling and Compulsive Gambling are becoming blurred. If you have questions about what type of gambler you are, you might benefit from taking our Gambling Quiz. A gambling addiction left untreated is serious, and can resort in an individual stealing from family members, and abandoning their social lives. Gambling leaves individuals feeling out of control. Left untreated, people with a gambling addiction are at risk for developing marital and work problems, experiencing financial instability, severe debt, loss of house and bankruptcy. Gamblers can experience periods of wins and losses, yet unlike other individuals, who play to lose, gamblers play to win. Falsely believing that if they continue to play the will win. Thus, they may keep attempting to gamble even if they have lost a significant amount of money. To learn more about The Four Phases of Gambling. Like other addictions, gambling concerns everyone- especially if the gambler is betting with money set aside for payments on houses, childcare, college, etc. Gambling is a serious addiction that deserves serious attention; treatment for gambling addiction is available in Center City, Philadelphia, at the Center for Growth, Inc. If you live too far away to come in to see us, or you simply prefer recovering quietly in your own home, you may benefit from some reading our Recovery Tips.

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Family Roles: In the Addictive System

Often in family system struggling with addiction, or addiction and depression, it is common for family members to take on specific roles with the intention of helping the addicted person. Unfortunately the dysfunctional roles can contribute to more problems, rather than solving them. Learn the difference between the roles in a dysfunctional family versus a functional family system.