Gambling has become a problem when it is tough to stop. Problematic gambling is when financial costs surpass existing funds and negatively impact your physical or mental health, academic or occupational performance, financial soundness, and social relationships.
Problem gamblers may rack up enormous credit card debt, take out substantial loans, and disregard their familial, occupational, and educational obligations. They may deny they have a problem, insist on chasing their losses and place gambling above everything else in their lives, including themselves.
Admitting you have a real issue is the first and most crucial step in overcoming gambling addiction. Being willing and courageous enough to admit this, particularly if one's financial resources and personal relationships have been depleted, is no minor task.
Do not lose hope, and do not attempt to handle this alone. Numerous others have been in your position, successfully kicked the habit, and moved on with their lives. And so can you.
Does gambling help you pass the time when you're alone or bored? Or after an argument with your partner or an especially difficult day at work? 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 smarter and more helpful ways to control your emotions and combat boredom.
Reach out to loved ones for assistance if you struggle to overcome gambling addiction. You don't have to rely on casinos or the internet to make friends if you're single and looking to socialize. Reach out to coworkers, attend a sporting event or reading club, enroll in a class, or volunteer your time. Even better is to get professional assistance.
Other support groups are available. For instance, Gamblers Anonymous uses a 12-step program to assist individuals in overcoming addiction. The program requires that you find a "sponsor" who is a former gambler who has maintained abstinence and can provide you with invaluable counsel and assistance.