Gambling addiction

Gambling addiction comes in many forms including sports betting, fruit machines, roulette machines, bingo, casino games, national lottery, scratch cards, online gambling, spread betting and stocks and shares. If you feel gambling is starting to become a problem, now is the time to get treatment before the destructive cycle takes hold.

Treating gambling addiction at Nightingale Hospital

Our approach to treating gambling addiction at Nightingale Hospital London combines individualised programmes with therapies that are based on current clinical evidence. You may attend as an outpatient, day patient or inpatient.

Signs of gambling addiction

  • You feel out of control over your gambling
  • You chase losses until you have gambled every last penny and more
  • You hide your gambling from family, friends and colleagues
  • You spend money you do not have
  • You slide into even more debt
  • You sell possessions, lie, cheat or steal to fund your gambling
  • You become totally preoccupied with gambling


We treat gambling addiction using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) and Twelve-Step Facilitation (TSF) we consider biological, psychological and social factors in our gambling addiction programmes.

Our programmes are designed to help break the cycle of gambling, recognise causes and offer support for a range of life problems including debt management and self-esteem. We also treat connected problems such as depression, stress, fatigue and alcohol and drug addiction if required alongside.

Alternative therapies

Through therapy and education on problem gambling and alternative approaches such as mindfulness, sleep therapy and physical therapies we aim to give you the knowledge and coping skills for living without gambling.

Family support groups

Those nearest to the sufferer often blame themselves, going through a range of emotions from despair, depression and guilt to anger and frustration, leaving them exhausted and having difficulty coping, as well as feeling powerless in how to deal with the situation.

Research has shown that the involvement of families in the treatment process greatly increases the prospects of a person’s recovery.

Addiction monthly free family day

Our addictions family day takes place once a month and is led by addictions and family specialist therapist. It consists of two groups.

One group is for family and partners only. It will offer them education in not only how to deal with the addicted person, but also how to safeguard themselves in this difficult situation. This can allow you to help your loved one in a healthy way while still being able to lead your own life.

The other group is to bring together the families and partners and the addicted person. It gives the addicted person the opportunity to learn how their addiction has affected family members and partners. It gives a forum for them both to express their thoughts and feelings.

Addiction weekly family free support group

Family support groups are aimed at families, partners and friends of people suffering from an addiction problem. When these problems arise, it can have a devastating effect on those who are close to the person. Our family support groups can be a huge source of emotional support.


Avoiding relapse is the greatest challenge so we offer step down programmes, individual counselling and free aftercare and family support groups to sustain motivation against problem gambling.

Free telephone consultation

We offer a free telephone consultation to determine if gambling addiction treatment and rehabilitation would be right for you or a loved one. Complete the form below and a member of our expert addictions team will be in touch to arrange an appointment.


“When you have a problem and you drink, take drugs or gamble, the problem won’t go away. Stay and tackle the problem”