Stress Free Counseling | Psychotherapy & Counselling in Westchester County, NY


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Help for Addiction to the Internet & the Casino

At Stress Free Counseling, we are seeing an alarming rise in the frequency of gaming and Internet addiction, as well as gambling addiction. We help patients in Westchester and Putnam Counties confront these compulsions.

Escaping Reality with the Internet

Computers, video games, and the Internet are all around us on a daily basis. As a person spends more and more time in this area, problems manifest themselves in other areas of their lives. The fact is that Internet addiction is an actual condition with symptoms often similar to other addictions. A computer addict often becomes less social and doesn't care for others around them as they once did. The Internet or game has replaced friends and family as the source of a person's emotional existence.

School and home life becomes disrupted as the addiction takes hold. Not all people are addicted to games or a computer. It is only when there is an unbalance between life and addiction. Time away from the computer or games cause severe moodiness or withdrawal. With proper treatment and counseling, a person can be weaned off slowly from the problem areas.

Escaping the Internet

The Thrill & Tragedy of Gambling Addiction

Don't be a slave to the one-armed bandit! There are few problems as destructive to a family and an individual as compulsive gambling addiction. All addictions involve some sort of escape from reality. Many gamblers get sucked into the vortex of thinking the next risk will be the one that puts everything right. As the gambler incurs heavy financial losses, they are overcome by mounting anxiety and depression, which accompanies high levels of guilt, shame, and remorse, leading to them taking yet more risks. Common sense does not apply in addictions, and the person is powerless to find a solution on their own as her or his life descends into more and more chaos. People with pathological gambling often feel ashamed and try to avoid letting others know of their problem.

Symptoms of a Gambling Problem

The American Psychiatric Association defines pathological gambling as consisting of five or more of the following symptoms. If you feel that you possess these symptoms, please give us a call for help.

  • Needing to Gamble Larger Amounts of Money to Feel Excitement
  • Restlessness & Irritability When Trying to Cut Back or Quit Gambling
  • Gambling to Escape Problems or Feelings of Sadness or Anxiety
  • Chasing Losses (Gambling Larger Amounts of Money to Try to Make Back Previous Losses)
  • Preoccupation with Gambling
  • Trying Unsuccessfully to Cut Back
  • Lying About the Amount of Time or Money Spent Gambling
  • Committing Crimes to Get Money to Gamble
  • Loss of Job, Significant Relationship, or Educational or Career Opportunity Due to Gambling
  • Needing to Borrow Money for Survival Due to Gambling Losses

Sports Betting Addiction and Treatment in Westchester and Putnam

Call Chris Colasuonno, LCSW, MBA, CASAC – Addiction Expert for a Free Consultation

Are you addicted to Sports Betting? Like to gamble on a Sporting Event? Has your Fantasy become a Gambling and Sports Betting Addiction? Many states have legalized sports betting as a revenue source. Legalized sports betting has increased the many issues with problem gambling. Many people think that problem gamblers only go to casinos or race tracks. As the trend continues for increased legalized sports betting sports betting, individuals are seeking treatment for problem addictive gambling and sports betting.

Fantasy sports can be a fun hobby but for some, the thrill of gambling turns into a nightmare of problems. Consider some of the warning signs below.

Horse Race Betting
  1. Can you stop betting?
  2. Do you gamble with more than you can afford to lose?
  3. Do you gamble to win back your money?
  4. Are you escaping from something?
  5. Are you using money needed for bills?
  6. Are your bets for higher amounts and more frequent?
  7. Do you Obsess over betting?
  8. Do gambling affect your Family and Friends?
  9. Are you spending more time sports betting then with your Family?
  10. Do you hide your Sports Betting Addiction?
  11. Are you less responsible with Sports Betting Addiction?
  12. Do you have Shame and Guilt over your addiction?
  13. Can you stop?
  14. Do you call your sports bookie more than your family?

Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Gambling Addiction

There is hope for problem gambling and sports addiction. Cognitive Behavior Therapy is a proven technique to help problem gamblers and sports betting addicts. Chris Colasuonno, LCSW-R, MBA, CASAC has treated numerous problem gamblers removing stigma and shame while offering coping skills to avoid sports betting, racetracks, casinos, lottery tickets, etc. Call for a Free Consultation.

Proudly offering Counseling and Therapy in all areas of Westchester County, Putnam County, and Dutchess County including the following communities - Somers, Yorktown Heights, Bedford, Katonah, Cortlandt Manor, Mohegan Lake, Brewster, Armonk, Bedford Hills, North Salem, Mahopac, Mt. Kisco, Scarsdale, South Salem, White Plains, Poughkeepsie, Wappinger Falls, Carmel, Pleasantville, Peekskill, Croton, Rye, Harrison, Yonkers, New Rochelle, Mamaroneck, Larchmont, Purchase, Chappaqua, Briarcliff Manor, Millwood, Mahopac Falls, Baldwin Place, Hawthorne, Elmsford, Valhalla, Newcastle & Putnam Valley, Phillipstown, Kent, Southeast.

Psychology & Therapy services provided including but not limited to:

Individual Therapy  • Trauma • Anger Anxiety • Anger Mood Swings
Couples Counseling Depression • Gambling • Codependency Post Traumatic Stress
• Drug and Alcohol Addiction Marriage Problems • Life Coaching  • Self Esteem issues Relationship Problems
• Stress Psychotherapy

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