How to Overcome Problem Gambling
For some people, gambling is a harmless pastime that can provide an enjoyable thrill. But for others, it can cause significant problems that can lead to debt and even homelessness. Problem gambling affects physical and mental health, relationships, work and study performance and can leave you with serious financial problems.
The answer to overcoming problem gambling is simple: find other ways to enjoy life, without resorting to gambling. You can join a gym, book club, sporting team or volunteer for a good cause to help you feel occupied and satisfied, instead of wasting time on gambling. You can also strengthen your support network and make new friends, or try activities such as walking, reading, cooking, yoga or painting. You can also find a therapist who can help you address the underlying mood disorders such as depression or stress that often trigger and fuel compulsive gambling.
It’s also important to manage your bankroll carefully. Only gamble with money that you can afford to lose, and never use money that you need to pay bills or rent. You can also get rid of credit cards and put someone else in charge of your finances, close online betting accounts and only take out cash when you want to gamble. It’s also helpful to have a fixed amount of money that you set aside for gambling and stick to it, such as $50 per day. This helps to limit your losses and allows you to stay in control.