Many different types of substance addiction exist which can be overcome with various treatments, including hypnotherapy, but gambling is often a challenging addiction that is deeply rooted in psychological factors. Unfortunately, the ease of access for compulsive, problem, and binge gambling addictions has only proliferated with online gambling.
The good news, however, is that hypnotherapy can resolve the root causes of gambling addiction and help individuals overcome their impulses and to lead better, more productive lives without relapsing into addiction once again.
Internet Gaming Disorder (IGD)
There is an important distinction to be made between gaming addiction and gambling addiction. The former relates to (for our purposes) online gaming such as CS:GO, League of Legends, or Fortnite popular with many 16-18-year-old males who also happen to suffer from gaming addiction the most.
Gambling addiction, on the other hand, relates to traditional casino gambling as well as online variants of slots, poker, blackjack, and so on.
Whilst the two are separate types of addiction, the lines are often quite blurred, and even more so in recent years. Major game titles often have a type of ‘lootbox’ system that is essentially gambling for better items, skins, or digital currencies to be used in game. Online gambling games are also starting to resemble in many ways popular video game titles, with elements borrowed from the world of video games.
Internet Gaming Disorder (IGD) is an addiction that can be treated by means of hypnotherapy at Melbourne Hypnotherapy Clinic.
The Gambler’s Fallacy
A well-known fallacy in gambling, often known even to the gamblers themselves, is the Gambler’s Fallacy. Perhaps Lady Luck isn’t in your favour tonight and you’re down a few hundred dollars. But don’t worry, things will ‘even out’ eventually and you’ll be back in the green soon enough, right? Not necessarily.
It’s just how probability in statistics works. Sure, over a large enough sample size, all sides of a die will likely have an equal representation. But for each individual roll of the dice (or spin of the slot reel, if you will) has a probability of leaving you empty-handed just as much as being a big winner.
The house is not in your favour, it never was, and it will never be. The more you play, the more likely you are to lose.
Always in Control
A false feeling of being in control of fortune can lead to empty pockets and addictive behaviour. There’s no silver bullet strategy, otherwise we’d all be rich and casinos wouldn’t be in business.
Similarly, overconfidence can be a harsh wake-up call (or at least, it ought to be) for any gambler. Feeling determined that the odds will end up on your side just this once, only to lose it all on yet another spin of the slot reel, can lead to problematic gambling addiction.
How Hypnotherapy Can Resolve Gambling Addiction
Hypnotherapy can be an effective means of treatment for gambling addiction since it seeks to address the deep subconscious triggers that stimulate the psychological aspect of the addiction altogether.
Hypnotherapists have many techniques that can help, including Parts therapy, Hypnoanalysis, and Regression hypnotherapy. To learn more about these types of hypnotherapy strategies, book a consultation with Melbourne Hypnotherapy Clinic today.
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