You know that gambling is addictive, but did you know there a ways to stop.
How to Stop Gambling
Excessive gambling, gambling addictions and any other form of destructive gambling behaviours can be damaging to relationships, financial stability and even personal health. The good news is that there is a lot of support available today for people who are looking to stop gambling and don’t know how to or where to start. We have put together a guide covering different ways to help you stop gambling.
All of this being said, if gambling is hurting you then we always recommend that you speak to a professional to help you come up with a plan that is best for you.
Identifying Urges and Thoughts
If you think that you may have gambling addiction or problem, one of the best things to do is to focus on why you keep going back to gamble. This includes identifying things known as urges. These are thoughts that may lead you to want to gamble.
This includes thoughts such as:
“The odds are usually in my favour!”
“I think a win is due, I haven’t had one in ages.”
“That jockey is wearing my lucky colour” / ”I’m wearing my lucky shirt!”
When you have one of these thoughts, you may believe that that is enough to go off of to gamble. The truth is, most of these times these thoughts aren’t true. However, there are different ways that you can navigate these urges by continuing the conversation with yourself.
This includes asking yourself:
“Where has gambling taken me so far?”
“How is this going to affect my loved ones?”
“What real evidence do I have to back up these thoughts?”
When you take some time to evaluate your thoughts, instead of acting on an urge or impulse, you may start to realise you really don’t want to gamble. Once you have assessed the aforementioned, it may be time to move onto the next step.
Identifying the Problem
Many people gamble as a fun pass time, however, some people don’t know when to stop. There are a few questions that you can ask yourself to identify if gambling has become an issue in your life.
“Am I gambling more than I can afford?”
“Has gambling affected my work-life or relationships?”
“Have I tried to stop before, but couldn’t?”
“Has gambling affected my emotional wellbeing?”
If you have answered yes to any of these questions, it may be time to seek help.
Taking Action at Home
There are many steps you can take to help yourself stop gambling. One of the most useful tools we have found is to journal about specific topics. These topics include:
– How could my money be better spent in the future
– Listing out the positives of stopping gambling
– Make a resolution
– Calculating how much you have spent on gambling
– Writing about different things that you enjoy doing that aren’t gambling
If writing isn’t your cup of tea that is absolutely fine! There are many other things you can do that may help you stop gambling. This includes:
– Taking up a sport or joining a gym
– Restricting your access to money or getting a loved one involved to help you with this
– Join a group to speak with others about their experiences
– Focus on health and diet
– Stay busy
It may be that not all of these methods will work for you, but you won’t know unless you try. The key thing here is that you are striving every day, even if it’s just a little bit. Take each step one day at a time.
Seek Help From an Organisation
When you realise you have a gambling problem it may be time to seek help from an organisation of professionals. GamStop, Be Gamble Aware and Gamblers Anonymous are all different groups that are here to support people looking for ways to stop gambling. Taking action is the only way to see real results and these organisations have years of experience to help set you on the right path.