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Effective Ways Of Stopping Gambling Addiction

The addiction associated with gambling is highly destructive and very brutal. Gambling addiction can lead to severe consequences such as loss of family or friends, anxiety, job loss, suicide, bankruptcy and even depression. All addicts are advised to stop gambling to avoid the dire consequences. This is a form of addiction which does not discriminate and it, and it can affect anyone’s life.

This addiction can affect the poor, rich, uneducated and educated. It can send you to jail, cause financial devastation and mental instability, cause major occupational and social problems which can last for many years. Research has also shown that these addicts are at higher risks of committing suicide as compared to the other types of forms of addicts. Quitting gambling is not easy. The strategies described below will help you in reclaiming your life by stopping gambling.

Finding a replacement activity

This will involve finding a suitable activity to replace gambling. For instance, you can decide to go out with your friends, go shopping, and do some cooking or do some exercise. You can also listen to music, do some reading or even rent a movie. Picking up exciting hobbies, such as welding, bike climbing or racing can also help you. All these activities are meant to keep you busy.

Taking a break

You should make a bold decision that you are not going to gamble. Gambling just for a few minutes in a day can also help you to stop gambling. You should make a promise that you will stop gambling. You can do this by scheduling your day in such a way that you minimize your free time. Alternatively, you can forbid yourself from downloading gaming apps, entering a casino and visiting the gaming websites.

 

Get to know the effects of gambling addiction

Problem gamblers are encouraged to educate themselves about gambling addiction. They can do this by reading more about gambling addiction. This can greatly help them in escaping from this danger. Gamblers should also find out what triggers them to engage in gambling.

Finding self-help materials

You can seek help by looking for courses or books. Self-hypnosis is very helpful to the problem gamblers. You can also join the various online gambling addiction forums. This will enable you to read and share other peoples’ stories that have gone through the same problem. Besides, this will help you in looking for answers and support from the other gamblers.

 

Finding group support

There are different programs and forums which offer group support, an example of an online program which can help you in recovering from addiction is smart recovery. Getting support from other gamblers is really helpful.

 

 

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