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The Modern Problem of Ludomania

Compulsive gambling addiction is called ludomania. The potential ludomaniac can gamble for money, or play “harmless” computer games. Such dependence is dangerous because not only the gambler himself but also his family does not perceive it as a disease. However, like other types of addiction, gambling distorts the personality of the individual, destroying his professional, social, family life and replacing reality with virtual pleasure from the game.

Gambling addiction prevents critical assessment of actions. The gambler ceases to notice the flow of time, does not pay attention to the rapidly increasing rates, and accumulated debts. This situation provokes a withdrawal from reality, and a person no longer thinks about his family, or himself. All his attention is focused on the game world. Uncontrollable gambling is a serious disease that can worsen the quality of life and needs special treatment.

Most often, the passion for gambling is due to the desire to quickly get rich. It is most commonly seen in impulsive people who are prone to risk and constantly need adrenaline. However, there are many gamblers among calm people. Many of them drink alcohol and have obsessions to win a large amount of money. A qualified specialist only should fight against this pathological addiction.

Founders and Activities

Founder of "SCRUFFY" Rehabilitation Center
Dr. Matt Leblanc
A specialist in the field of game dependence treatment and trauma treatment
Coral Yaron
Social worker
Motivates and helps addicts to undergo rehabilitation from game addiction.
Dennis Raphael
Addictions treatment instructor
Training consultant, experienced psychologist
Alice Filmus

The center uses modern methods in the treatment process: psychoanalysis, cognitive and behavioral therapy, extreme training, NLP, hypnosis, and much more.

The method is completely safe, not based on bullying, and is painless. At the same time, the treatment does not affect the person’s personality. He does not change his worldview, habits, and character.

The therapist’s appointment takes place in a comfortable environment for the patient and is completely anonymous. After the appointment, you can also get competent treatment. Here is some information about our center’s founders. It is necessary to mention our wonderful nurses, junior medical staff, and kitchen staff. They maintain a cozy, almost homely atmosphere in the center. The personnel does their job perfectly, making a serious contribution to the recovery of our patients.

Founders and Activities

About Us

Our anonymous rehabilitation center “SCRUFFY” was established in December 2018. The activities of the center are focused on the treatment and rehabilitation of gambling addicts. Honored Dr. Matt Leblanc, head of the rehabilitation center “Scruffy”, having received the approval of the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities in Canada (CARF), together with his colleagues, founded a clinic for the treatment of game addiction in Powell Reiver, British Columbia. Here he not only treats patients but also engages in scientific work, and trains specialists in a new method of getting rid of gaming addiction.

The rehabilitation is based on the method “12 steps to recovery” created in 1930 in the United States. The entire therapy program consists of several stages, and each of them provides special attention and care to the patient. The uniqueness of our methodology lies in the fact that it collects the vast experience of humanity in the fight against addictions. In addition to the fundamental areas of medicine, we use such modern methods as art therapy, relaxation, meditation, and yoga therapy.

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Patient Reviews

The maximum involvement of the patient in therapy must be important, without his consent and interest, treatment is almost impossible. Here are our patient reviews.

Game Addiction Test

How much has online gambling or video gaming has affected your life? Check out our assessment list to figure out if this addiction has become a problem in your life. The following characteristic signs of obsession and deviant behavior will show if you are likely to suffer from ludomania.
• Constant involvement, an increase in the time spent in the game situation.
• A change in interests, the displacement of previous motivations for gaming activities, constant thoughts about the game, imaginary situations related to game combinations.
• “Loss of control,” which is expressed in the inability to stop playing both after a big win and after constant losses.
• The appearance of several states: psychological discomfort, irritability, anxiety after the game with an overwhelming desire to start playing.
• An increase in the frequency of participation in the game and the desire for higher risk levels.
• The increase in the decline in the ability to resist the temptation to resume the game.
• Doctors say that gambling addiction is often accompanied by alcoholism or drug addiction. The reasons for these dependencies are quite similar. These people suffer from the "satisfaction deficit" syndrome.

Our Mission

We offer psychological support and confidential assistance free of charge, to anyone who has suffered compulsive gambling addiction. Psychological and legal advice and information are available on our website, by phone, via a mobile app, and through our resources.

The “SCRUFFY” therapy center offers consultations with experts and provides wide-ranging assistance to people suffering from mental health disorders, such as phobias, fears, anxieties, neuroses, depression, and stress.

We also have one of the most affordable pricing in Canada for consultation, with high-quality services.

The “SCRUFFY” rehabilitation center has been treating ludomania since 2018. During our work, we have helped many patients to return to a normal life without gaming. Our specialists are certified specialists with more than ten years of experience in the area of addiction psychiatry.

They have deep medical knowledge, an understanding of the mindset of patients with drug, alcohol, and toxic addictions, and many years of clinical experience. Regular internships in the specialty and active participation in thematic conferences allow them to be aware of the latest developments in the field of addiction therapy. They introduce advanced medical knowledge and use it to treat our patients.

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