When it's hard for you to stop, gambling thus becomes a problem. When you spend more money than you have and it begins to affect your mental or physical health, educational or job Performance, financial soundness, and relationships with other people, gambling addicts may run up massive credit card debts, borrow a lot of money, and deliberately ignore their home, work, or school responsibilities. They might refuse to acknowledge they have a massive issue, keep chasing their losses, and put gambling ahead of everything else in their lives, even themselves.
The first and most significant step to getting better from compulsive gambling is to realize that you have a problem. It takes a lot of courage and willpower to admit this, especially if your money is gone and your connections are gone.
Do not lose hope, and do not attempt to tackle this situation alone. Numerous people have been in your shoes, and they were able to give up their bad habits and move on with their lives. And so can you.
Does gambling give you something to do when you're by yourself or bored? Or when you've fought with your partner or had a particularly hard day at work? To gamble responsibly, you should only gamble for fun and relaxation, not as a way to escape problems.
But working out, hanging out with people who don't gamble, trying out new passions and interests, and learning how to relax are better and smarter ways to deal with your feelings and beat boredom.
If you can't stop gambling on your own, ask for help from people you care about. If you live alone and want to make friends, you don't have to go to casinos or use the internet. Talk to your work colleagues, join a sports team or a book club, attend a class, or help others. It's even better to get help from a professional.
Other groups can help. For example, Gamblers Anonymous uses a 12-step plan to help people stop being addicted to gambling. Find a "sponsor" who is a former gambling addict who has decided to stay clean from addictive behavior and can offer you advice and support that will help you greatly. This is an essential part of the program.