Breaking your gambling habit

Gambling addiction affects thousands of people worldwide and can be one of the hardest things to overcome. As with any addiction, recognising that you have a problem and getting the right help is key to breaking the habit.

Ask someone for help

This is the first step in beating the gambling habit, whether it’s your partner, another family member, friends or a support worker, talking about your addiction will help relieve the pressure and provide you with time to plan your recovery.

Limit your access to money

Limiting your access to money is key to recovering from gambling addiction. Many people find it hard not to gamble if they have money in their pocket. There are a few things you can do to limit the amount of cash that you have access to, these include:

•    Not keeping large amounts of cash in your home
•    Have your wages paid directly into a savings account or your spouse’s account
•    Ensure any accounts require two signatures to take out cash
•    Tell friends and family not to loan you money
•    Avoid working jobs that deal in handling cash

Fill your time with something else

Filling your time with different activities is a great way to curb your gambling addiction, and there are a number of ways to do this:

•    Take a second job
•    Take up a hobby or sport
•    Look at alternative things you can spend the money on i.e. a holiday, new car etc.
•    Go on days trips with the family

With the support of your friends and family, as well as a support group you can overcome your addiction, but if you suffer any setbacks don’t forget to talk to someone about it.

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