Many people can enjoy gambling without it becoming a major problem, but for other people over time can develop a Gambling Addiction which can ruin their lives. The urge to gamble can be overwhelming and can lead to someone lie, steal, blow all their life savings and miss out on the rest of their lives. There can be several signs that indicate when normal enjoyment of gambling can transition into a problem. The earlier the process is identified, the better the chances are of a full recovery.
If you’re concerned about friend or family member’s gambling habits, here are some steps on how to overcome a gambling addiction and to seek the right help for your recovery:-
- Admitting you have a Problem
With any addiction, one of the first steps on the road to recovery is admitting there’s something wrong in the first place. A person who suffers from a gambling addiction usually don’t get help until very late, and then when it gets to the point where its clearly a problem they usually stop trying to deny it.
- Seeking Professional Help and Support Groups
Along with individual therapy with a counselor who can work one on one to change a gambler’s destructive behaviour and thoughts. The counsellor can help build coping skills and develop cognitive tools to help them resist the urge to gamble. Many gamblers seek help through groups like Gambler’s Anonymous.
You’re not alone. Many people have overcome problems with gambling. The important thing is to do something now to make sure you stay in charge of your money, time and life.
Amanda Ogden is from Sydney Australia, and has spent the past 13 years working within the welfare industry in both administration and case management assisting people with mental health issues, mild intellectual disabilities, acquired brain injuries, drug & alcohol, homelessness gain employment. She also loves travelling, creating jewellery, music, friends and family