Gambling addiction could be seen as a compulsive impulse to ease the build up of anxiety within someone, similar to smoking. As with this self-medication for anxiety, the gamblers excitement or adrenalin rush is eased once the bet has been placed.

Symptoms of gambling addiction include feeling a compulsion to gamble and continuing to do so in spite of the adverse consequences, the inability to control your gambling, and both physical and psychological cravings. 


The following behaviour could be seen as indicative of a gambling addiction:

  • You have problems with money but dismiss these or get angry if questioned about it

  • You are preoccupied with gambling and tend to do it a lot at the expense of relationships and other commitments

  • You stay out all day or night at casinos or betting shops, or spend a lot of time on your computer or phone

  • You are pre-occupied with obtaining money to gamble and may take others money or valuables with no explanation and use the money for gambling

  • You have an irresistible urge to gamble or get a ‘buzz’ by gambling activity

  • Your gambling is increasing in frequency, financial cost or risk in order to keep experiencing the feelings of excitement and escape

  • You have lost control over the time and money spent on gambling eventually risking more than you can afford

  • You have developed an emotional dependency on gambling as a strategy to cope with anxiety, worry, tension or stress

  • You deny you have a gambling problem


Any addictive or habitual problem can be treated effectively and permanently with hypnosis.

Hypnotherapy has a proven track record with addictions because the subconscious mind can be accessed in trance hypnosis to help conquer both the physical and psychological aspects of the disease.

To overcome addiction, you must undergo a basic change of attitude and lifestyle. This means dropping defensiveness, because it prevents self-treatment, you must open themselves up, look inward, admit your bondage to your 'drug', and any deeper problems of pride, selfishness, insecurity and distrust. People who recover from addiction have faced these aspects of themselves.

Conventional counselling can be successful, but according to most statistics their success rate is only about 22 percent. However, many studies show that using hypnotherapy in addition to these programs results in up to 87% success.