Superior Donuts Highlights Gambling Addiction

10 May 2017 Written by 

The season finale of CBS's sit-com, Superior Donuts, added gambling problem to their standard menu of donut house chatter.  The shop's owner, Arthur, was found in a gambler's anonymous meeting by his employee, Franko.

Gambling is a serious addiction problem. Kudos to CBS for broaching the subject in a tasteful manner. 

Per, 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.

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