Toolkit for Problem Gambling (Self)

You might think your excessive gambling has taken you to the bottom. Your friends are worried, your relationships are strained and you’re exhausted. Don’t give up. If you’re struggling with a gambling problem, there is hope for you.

Reach out for help, and get the care you need today.  You’re worth it.

Questions to ask yourself:

  • Have you ever lied to prevent people from discovering your problem with gambling?
  • Do you gamble with money you can’t afford to lose (rent money, grocery money, etc.)?
  • Have you ever borrowed a large sum of money from a friend or loved one and lied about what it was for?
  • Have you ever traded your possessions or stolen things from others in exchange for gambling money?
  • Do you find yourself gambling more to win back losses?
  • Have you taken your gambling on-line in an attempt to hide your gaming activity?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should consider seeking help for your gambling problem.

Steps to take

If you’re considering overcoming excessive gambling , the first step to take might be the most difficult: admit you have a problem. The only person who can help  control your problem with gambling is you. Depending on the severity of the issue , you might want to try self-help measures: curbing your gambling or setting a date to stop.

You can sign a self-exclusion form at the casino which bans you from the property, but that won’t keep you from entering other casinos or gambling on-line. More importantly, it doesn’t get to the root of the issue.

Group therapy, such as Gamblers Anonymous, is another effective tactic that works great for many. Many problem gamblers choose to partner with a behavioral services facility to find the right balance of inpatient and outpatient care.

Even if you’re not sure where to turn, reach out for help. There’s no shame in asking for help, and the right resource might save your life, career and family.

Finding the Right Resource

Everyone who is trying to control their issues with gambling needs a resource to help. Problem gambling may not be something you can handle  by yourself. When determining the right place to go, consider these four things:

  • Is the behavioral services facility CARF accredited?
  • Are they committed to enhancing your quality of life?
  • Can they help you plan and meet your personal recovery goals?
  • Can they create a custom recovery plan to help you on your recovery journey?

The journey to overcome addiction may not be quick, but it’s an important mission. There is hope, and you can find help at Prelude.

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