Gambling can be fun and exciting, but it can also be harmful. If you’re struggling with a gambling problem, seek help to stop it before it gets out of hand and causes damage to your life.
Gamblers can have a range of different problems including underlying substance abuse issues, unmanaged ADHD, stress, depression and anxiety. If you have any of these underlying conditions, it’s important to address them as well as your gambling problems to overcome them.
Make sure you have a support network. If you’re not sure where to start, talk to a counsellor or someone in your support network who has experience of overcoming a gambling problem.
Decide on how much money you can afford to gamble and set time limits for your gambling. Keep track of your spending so you can monitor your progress and know when to stop.
Take risks, but never overdo it. It’s easy to get caught up in a game and end up losing all your money.
Chasing losses is another common mistake. This will usually lead to bigger and bigger losses as you try to win back your money.
Set a time limit on your gambling and stick to it. You can do this by setting an alarm or a clock, so you can keep an eye on how long you’re spending.
Practicing relaxation exercises can also help you resist the urge to gamble. Just imagine how you will feel after you’ve spent all your money and disappointed yourself and your family again.