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Gambling addiction

— problem gambling is linked to suicide


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Symptoms and effects of pathological gambling

A pathological gambler becomes addicted to the thrill of betting larger and larger amounts and taking greater risks, often with catastrophic results. Individuals who experience problems with gambling can be totally preoccupied with betting and may become extremely restless and irritable if they attempt to stop. They suffer from a similar loss of control, denial and compulsive behaviour as individuals who are addicted to substances such as drugs or alcohol. Frequently, a gambling addiction results in other addictions that serve as coping mechanisms for people who are stressed out by the activity. Many gamblers turn to drugs, alcohol and other activities to alleviate the anxiety brought on by the gambling lifestyle.

The most common symptoms of pathological gambling

  1. trying to control or stop gambling, without success
  2. lying to family members or others to mask the intensity of your gambling
  3. needing to gamble with increasing amounts of money to get the same thrill
  4. gambling to escape problems or relieve feelings of helplessness, guilt, anxiety or depression
  5. jeopardising or losing important relationships and work opportunities because of gambling
  6. having suicidal thoughts and tendencies


Treatment for pathological gambling

Treatment for pathological gambling

Pathological gambling can develop from a combination of psychological, genetic, physical and social causes. Factors that can contribute to the underlying causes of addiction to gambling include mood disorders, biochemical and neurochemical imbalances, stressful life events and childhood abuse. Addressing these issues can be a complex and difficult process. Our team of experts can provide an appropriate diagnosis of all disorders associated with gambling addiction. Luxurious conditions, full discretion and a vast array of facilities will help drive your mind away from thinking about gambling and encourage you to play for a better life.


We provide the very best care and comfort. The investment starts at CHF 93,000 per week, depending on the requirements of the individual client. Fees are settled directly by the client (we do not work with insurance companies) and we can supply written quotations upon request.

The Kusnacht Practice services are not covered by Swiss health insurances. All costs are to be covered directly by the clients. Patients who are domiciled in Switzerland and are therefore mandatorily health insured may be reimbursed by their health insurance for medical services in accordance with the Federal Law on Health Insurance (KVG) and its implementing provisions.

Client testimonial

  • Jason, aged 34

    "My wife convinced me to visit The Kusnacht Practice, thank goodness she did. I was completely in denial of how bad my gambling problem had become. I have learnt so much about addiction and how it affects my brain and now I can cope with the triggers."

Eugenia Kozi

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