What is Problem Gambling
Before you start using the strategies needed for a life free of gambling, I suggest reading the following pages first. This background information will give you an insight into the problem that is gambling. Then I will share some methods for How to Stop Gambling today!
There are three levels of Gambling
- The Recreational Gambler – Casual and fun, mainly for enjoyment and social company.
- The Gambler at Risk – Increasing the time and money spent gambling.
- The Problem Gambler – Unable to resist the urge to gamble – all consuming and becoming more and more desperate.
Gambling addiction is characterised by; the inability to control the impulse to gamble, in spite of the detrimental effects it has on the gamblers’ social, financial and psychological health.
Here are some indicators of a problem gambler, maybe you will relate to some of them?
- Lying about gambling and/or keeping it a secret
- Losing track of time and playing for longer than they meant to
- Feeling anxious, depressed and/or angry after gambling
- Spending more money than planned, or can afford gambling
- Not sleeping or eating properly
- Ignoring work and family responsibilities to gamble
- Borrowing or using household money to be able to gamble
- “Chasing your losses” trying to win back money you lost
- False belief that they are due a win
- Thinking gambling will pay off in the end
- Seeing gambling as the most important thing in their life
- Gambling as a way of coping with problems and/or avoiding things
- Having conflicts with family and friends over gambling
- Breakdown of relationships
- Job loss
- Stealing and/or selling items to gamble
- Ignoring physical and emotional health because of gambling.
Did you Know?
- Not all problem gamblers suffer financially, even though they suffer losses.
- You don’t have to gamble everyday to be a problem gambler.
- A big win can quickly escalate gambling into a problem.
- Euphoria is unstable hormones and chemicals in the brain and body, making you crave more and more.
- Gambling is a symptom of something that lies underneath, undiscovered and certainly misunderstood.
Number one fact – Gambling is an illness!
Maybe you have tried to stop before? Having tried and failed is a positive, each time is a learning curve.
Do not let the fear of failure stop you from trying, because eventually you will succeed.
It doesn’t have to be a life sentence
The only person who has never failed is the one who has never tried!
People who don’t have the will to act, owing to the fear of failure, live their lives not accomplishing anything.
Maybe you have a support network – you just need to ask
You do not deserve to spend the rest of your life receiving self-blame, self-pity and criticism from others who do not understand, you deserve better than that. Did you ever consider that, maybe, your friends and family are thinking it is their fault you are in this situation? Consider for a moment – they might support you better if you explain that the problem was created by you, and has nothing to do with them.
Those who once criticised can become you best allies
Let your friends and family know that you are actively working through the solutions for your problem. This is illness is to blame and not you. Why don’t you share your accomplishments with them, they will be very proud of you.