Can Gambling Addiction Be Cured?

Gambling addiction is a complex issue that affects millions of individuals and their loved ones. The path to recovery may seem daunting, but it’s important to know that it is not only possible but also achievable with the right commitment and professional treatment.

There have been many who have managed to overcome gambling addiction. And if you have found yourself wondering “can gambling addiction be cured” in your circumstances, keep reading to learn how and why this is more than possible.

Is It Possible to Recover From Gambling Addiction?

Yes, it is possible to recover from gambling addiction with the right commitment and professional treatment. Furthermore, it is never too early or too late to seek help if you feel that gambling is becoming a problem for you, or someone you care about.

The most important indicator that someone will be successful in recovering from gambling addiction is their commitment to such a recovery. Commitment plays a pivotal role in this process, as it’s the driving force behind the desire for change.

Without this mindset, recovery becomes an elusive goal. However, when individuals fully embrace the idea that they can break free from the clutches of gambling addiction, they take the first critical step towards recovery.

Another important factor is seeking professional help. If we recognise that gambling addiction is a complex issue and involves underlying psychological, emotional, and behavioural factors, it becomes evident that professional guidance is essential.

Trained therapists, counsellors, and addiction specialists can offer valuable insights and strategies tailored to the individual’s unique circumstances. They can help uncover the root causes of addiction, provide coping mechanisms, and offer support throughout the recovery journey.

Is a Gambling Addiction Permanent?

Whether gambling addiction is ‘permanent’ or not depends on the perspective that one takes about ‘addiction’ in general. There are some who say that once an addict, you are always an addict even if you are ‘in recovery’, while others prefer to consider themselves as ‘recovered’ once and for all.

While there is ongoing debate about the exact terminology and philosophical perspective to take on the labelling of addiction, it’s important to remember that with the right treatment, you do not need to find yourself trapped in addiction. That is to say, that you do not need to permanently be in active addiction to gambling forever.

Gambling Addiction Treatment vs Cure – What Is the Difference?

Gambling addiction treatment will refer to when a person starts to access professional help, either outpatient or inpatient, and will start to develop the tools and strategies necessary to manage and overcome addiction. There are various treatment approaches, such as therapy, counselling, and support groups, that provide valuable insights and coping mechanisms.

Many people go into addiction treatment hoping that it will cure them of their addiction, and that they will come out ‘fixed’. The reality is that there is no magic ‘cure’ for addiction, and it would be unethical for any clinic or professional to attempt to convince someone struggling with addiction that there is.

Recovery and treatment do not result in the absence of challenges, or that you may never be tempted to gambling again. However it does offer the opportunity to understand why gambling became so problematic for you, how you can resist the temptation to relapse, and where you can find other meaning and pleasure in your life.

Having the skills to confront your addiction head on represents a chance to take back control over your life. Research consistently shows that those who seek treatment for their addictions have a much higher quality of life, and are much happier, than those that do not.

How Do I Quit Gambling Forever?

Quitting gambling forever requires a strong set of skills, knowledge, and strong determination to maintain the commitment to abstinence. Some of the first steps you can take to protect yourself from gambling include:

  • Take Precautions: While your willpower is strong, take precaution against relapse. This includes asking to be excluded from casinos or clubs, banning withdrawals from your card by certain websites, and having an internet block put on your electronic devices.
  • Understand The Source: Not every person who gambles develops a problematic behaviour around gambling, so why have you? Explore this question to better understand who you are and how you have come to this place; the best setting to do this is with an experienced mental health expert.
  • Seek Professional Help: Following on from this, studies have demonstrated that those who attempt to quit alone are never as successful as those who get professional support. Therapy and counselling are great long-term tools, and you may find that a recovery coach can keep you on the right track.
  • Build a Strong Social Network: Recovery is best protected when we have others we can rely on to protect our journey and hold us accountable. Find these colleagues either in treatment, amongst your existing social circle, or seek new ones in recovery support groups like Gamblers Anonymous.
  • Entertain Yourself: Engage in alternative activities that could fill the void left by gambling and provide a sense of purpose. These could be artistic, sporting, social, creative, any activity that brings you pleasure, fulfilment, and occupies your time and mind.

If you’ve decided to quit gambling forever, you deserve recognition for this huge step you’ve taken towards a better life. One common expression used in treatment is that “recovery is not for people who need : it’s for people who want it.”.

Get Help With Your Gambling Addiction at Clinic Les Alpes

If you have decided that you, or someone you care about, needs help with their gambling addiction, then Clinic Les Alpes could be the right place for you. Inpatient recovery at this clinic offers the latest in evidence based treatments and a truly holistic approach to both internal and external wellbeing.

During your treatment at Clinic Les Alpes, you can expect:

  • Comprehensive Assessment: Completed with both the medical and therapeutic teams, a comprehensive assessment will identify all relevant disorders and concerns
  • Integrated Treatment Plan: Our team will create, in collaboration with you, a unique and personalised plan that identifies patient-led goals and clinician-led interventions
  • Medication Management: You will have 24/7 access to an interdisciplinary team including psychiatrists, medical doctors, and nurses
  • Individual Therapy: Consistent one-to-one therapy with a mental health specialist is provided to identify the root causes of gambling addiction, as well as treating the symptoms and planning for long-term success in recovery
  • Group Therapy: Studies consistently demonstrate the value of peer support and group therapy on the longevity of recovery and efficacy of overall treatment. To this end Clinic Les Alpes offers daily group therapies and experiences
  • Psychoeducation: Learn more about all aspects of mental health and wellbeing in order to best inform your life, coping strategies, and relationships moving forward
  • Complementary Therapies: Many in recovery have cited that alternatives to traditional talking therapies were a breakthrough moment for them, and Clinic Les Alpes offers access to such alternatives including art, music, dance, and equine therapy.
  • Medicalised Spa: In order to offer a truly holistic experience, you will have access to both traditional beauty treatments and healing practices such as massage, wraps, meditation, ayurveda, acupuncture and more. The Body Mind Source programme also offers a fully equipped gym and personal trainers to support your fitness
  • Relapse Prevention: Ensure that the hard work you’ve completed during treatment continues into the future, protecting yourself from triggers and relapses with an individualised Relapse Prevention Plan created with your lead therapist

Offering world-class treatment within a luxury setting, Clinic Les Alpes is a leader in addiction treatment and recovery. With access to all of the above treatments, as well as the finest amenities, you can start your recovery in complete privacy and security. Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information on how we can help you.


In the challenging journey of gambling addiction, understanding that recovery is not only possible but achievable is paramount. Commitment, professional treatment, and support networks are the cornerstones of successful recovery.

With determination and the right resources, you can overcome the grip of gambling addiction and embark on a path to a brighter, addiction-free future. Access professional support today to ensure that your answer to the question “Can gambling addiction be cured?” is a resounding “Yes”.

Clinically Reviewed By

Brittany Hunt

Brittany Hunt is an internationally experienced clinician, specialised in treating addictions and co-occurring disorders. Having worked in the public and private sector, she utilises holistic and evidence-based approaches designed to empower the patients in their recovery journeys. A graduate of The University of Auckland, she has a Bachelor of Health Sciences majoring in Mental Health and Addictions, a diploma in Psychology and Counselling and a Post-Graduate degree in Health Sciences, majoring in Addictions. She is a fully registered practitioner under the Drug and Alcohol Association of Aotearoa New Zealand (DAPAANZ).

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