Just like addiction to drugs or alcohol, compulsive gambling is a progressive and serious addiction that can become an obsession and an addiction for others. Often undiagnosed, compulsive gambling can be deadly on a number of levels.
As access to casinos and other gambling opportunities has increased, the number of reported compulsive gamblers has increased dramatically. The National Council on Problem Gambling estimates that 6 million adults and half a million teens meet the criteria for gambling addiction.
Caron Renaissance recognizes that other addictions, such as gambling, may coexist with a chemical dependency and, if left undiagnosed and untreated, leaves an individual at high risk for chronic relapse. These coexisting addictions interact, reinforce and fuse; this process is referred to as Addiction Interaction Disorder (AID). The best treatment approach for individuals suffering from AID is to focus on the combination of addictions.
Caron Renaissance addresses issues related to gambling and treats gambling addiction using specific therapies and groups. Within this spectrum, compulsive shopping, shoplifting, spending, and hoarding are also addressed.