Recognise Your Behaviour
Make sure you realise that your behaviour is an addiction. Do you bunk off work to gamble? Do you use money to gamble that should have been for bills, food shopping, or even money that isn’t your own? Do you use credit cards to gamble? Are you secretive about where the moneys gone after you’ve gambled it away? Do you find yourself scouring the web for hours looking for roulette tips? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, you’ve got a gambling problem without question. Well done for admitting your problem – it’s the first step to dealing with your situation.
Don’t Put Yourself In A Position Where You’ll Be Tempted To Gamble
If your friends suggest going on a trip to a casino, you’ll need to be honest with them about why you think it’s best if you sit this trip out. Be honest, and tell them that you can’t just gamble as a bit of fun and it can easily get out of hand. You could even suggest another activity for you all to do that won’t involves gambling. A gambling addict will never be able to gamble sensibly because they’re hooked on the adrenaline they get that’s associated with “the chase”.
Don’t Be Secretive With Your Money
Make sure you start paying your bills straight away when you have the money to pay them. If you’re worried about your finances, but a trusted loved one in charge of them to help you. You could give them your card and ask them for a specific amount of money each week to allow you to do the things you want to do – but make sure you tell them what you’ve spent it on, with proof if you can. This will discourage you to gamble because you’ll be letting yourself and loved one down if you do.
You can also add up the amount of money you think you’ve lost gambling, and then write a list of the things you could’ve bought with that money.
Get Professional Help
You may need to speak to a professional to get you through this difficult time. Have a look for counselors or therapists in your area that could be able to help you with your addiction.
You can also try joining a forum where you can speak to other gambling addicts, a support group, or even just confide in a loved one about how you’re feeling.
Remember that gambling has ruined lives – the sooner you get help, the better!