Just when you thought “crypto” couldn’t branch anywhere else I give you Scotland! The land of many an over indulgence from a “dram” to a deep fried pie, pizza or sweetie. It is the world’s first residential treatment course for “crypto addicts,” i.e. those addicted to cryptocurrency trading.
The course, to be run at the West Linton facility of the Castle Craig Hospital, will use techniques similar to treating gambling addictions, folks you can learn to live without trading cryptocurrencies online.
“The high risk, fluctuating cryptocurrency market appeals to the problem gambler,” Chris Burn, a gambling therapist at Castle Craig Hospital says, “It provides excitement and an escape from reality. Bitcoin, for example, has been heavily traded and huge gains and losses were made. It’s a classic bubble situation.” Real insight there on cryptocurrency.
The crypto addict course will run along similar lines to the gambling treatment course currently offered by the medical facility, incorporating the treatment of associated mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and sex addiction. Therapeutic skills and tools taught include impulse control; therapeutic tools to combat negative feelings; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy problem-solving skills; relapse prevention techniques; and holistic therapy aids for mind, body and spirit. Patients are also taught healthy dietary and fitness habits along with being provided a “strong support networks that last a lifetime.”
Just how many people are addicted to trading cryptocurrencies is unknown although there is some awareness that it is problem. Vice did a short video story late last year on bitcoin addiction, while various forums within the crypto community discuss the issue as well. A member of Bitcoin Pub, a cryptocurrency forum, openly admits that his addiction to crypto trading may be unhealthy, while various threads on Reddit openly discuss crypto addiction as well.
One thing is for sure where there is even the slightest chance of turning a penny someone will open a shop and others will walk in .. I wonder if they accept crypto in payment?