Gambling has become a problem when it is tough to stop. When financial expenses surpass available funds and begin to negatively impact your physical or mental health, academic or professional performance, economic security, and social relationships.
Problem gamblers may raise enormous credit card debt, take out substantial loans, and neglect their familial, occupational, and educational obligations. They may deny they have a problem, persist in chasing their losses and place gambling above everything else in their lives, even themselves.
Acknowledging that you have a problem is the first and most crucial step in overcoming gambling addiction. Being willing and courageous enough to confess this, particularly if one's current assets and personal relationships have been drained, is no minor task.
Do not lose hope, and do not attempt to tackle this by yourself. Numerous others have been in your predicament, successfully beaten the habit, and moved on with their lives. And so can you.
Does gambling help you pass the time when you're alone or idle? Or after an argument with your partner or a difficult work day? Responsibly gambling indicates that you should only bet for amusement and recreation, not as an escape mechanism.
However, exercising, mingling with non-gamblers, trying new hobbies, and adopting relaxation techniques are wiser and more helpful ways to control your emotions and combat boredom.
Reach out to friends and families for assistance if you are fighting to overcome gambling addiction. You do not need to depend on casinos or the internet to make friends if you're lonely and seeking to socialize. Reach out to coworkers, attend a sporting event or reading club, enroll in a course, or volunteer your time. Even better is to get professional advice.
Other support groups are available. For example, Gamblers Anonymous uses a 12-step program to assist individuals in overcoming addiction. The program requires that you select a "sponsor" who is a retired gambler who has maintained abstinence and can provide you with invaluable counsel and assistance.