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    Does anyone here had experienced severe depression after stopping gambling? My husband was addicted to gambling for more than 5 years. He had spent all the money for it and we lost everything by him. Later as per the advice of our family doctor, he got addiction treatment, but after the treatment, his behavior has changed. He became moody and he is not interested in talking to any of us. While browsing I read that therapies will help to get over such situations, so we are planning to get treatment from CBT associates, a well-known clinic in Toronto ( ). I’m really scared about his behavior. I wonder whether he has any mental health issue. Is it common after addiction treatment? Does anyone here have a similar experience? Share your thoughts.



    Hello zb

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    Hi ZB
    A CG (compulsive gambler) who has therapy treatment and learns to control his/her addiction will change and sometimes those around them struggle with the change that occurs. Recovery for a CG has to be, to a large extent very selfish because controlling the addiction is incredibly difficult and they need to put their mind and soul into it. They can be withdrawn, suspicious of loved ones, unable to settle. They can be more serious, less able to be the life and soul of the party because they are watching their own behaviour all the time.
    How long it is since your husband came home from treatment, have you had support during his treatment, what did you expect from him on his return?
    If the expectation is that recovery is instantly complete following treatment then those who love the CG will struggle because a true recovery takes time
    I will wait to hear from you again before I write any further but early recovery is a difficult time for everybody and it is very important that you look after yourself too.


    Hi zbuhaha,
    It is well documented that mood and other disorders often exist alongside gambling disorder in an individual. The majority of these disorders are present prior to the gambling disorder although evidence would suggest that for many others, they appear after the commencement of compulsive gambling . Check out this site for a quick summary

    I hope this helps . My own experience is that there is a tendency to blame several disorders on gambling disorder , when in fact it may well be that gambling is masking what is already present .

    I am in awe of the support you are showing to your loved one and congratulate you on seeking professional help to do enable you to do what’s best for your family . However, if you feel scared, you must do what is best for you, even if it means some time apart. This is not being selfish, it is self preservation . I hope this helps.


    It’s good that you are going to try CBT. CBT will definitely improve his condition.


    I tried CBT at the OCD and Anxiety Clinic of Ontario, I found it helpful

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