Gambling is a serious addiction problem. Kudos to CBS for broaching the subject in a tasteful manner.
Per Helpguide.org, the first step in addressing a gambling problem is to admit the problem. They offer these tips and four concrete solutions:
It takes tremendous strength and courage to own up to this, especially if you have lost a lot of money and strained or broken relationships along the way. But many others have been in your shoes and have been able to break the habit. You can, too.
1. Seek Help For Underlying Mood Disorders
Depression, stress, substance abuse, or anxiety can both trigger gambling problems and be made worse by compulsive gambling. Even when gambling is no longer a part of your life, these problems will still remain, so it’s important to address them.
2. Learn To Relieve Unpleasant Feelings In Healthier Ways
Do you gamble when you’re lonely or bored? Or after a stressful day at work or school? Gambling may be a way to self-soothe unpleasant emotions. But there are healthier and more effective ways of managing your moods, such as practicing relaxation techniques.
3. Strengthen Your Support Network
It’s tough to battle any addiction without support, so reach out to friends and family. If your support network is limited, there are ways to make new friends without relying on visiting casinos or gambling online. Try reaching out to colleagues at work, joining a sports team or book club, enrolling in an education class, or volunteering for a good cause.
4. Join A Support Group
Gamblers Anonymous, for example, is a twelve-step recovery program patterned after Alcoholics Anonymous. A key part of the program is finding a sponsor, a former gambler who has experience remaining free from addiction and can provide invaluable guidance and support.
Information Sourced By: Helpguide.org
Content Originally Published By: Pam @ Reachoutrecovery.com