Posted by journeysinward | Posted in Addiction Hypnotherapy, Hypnotherapy | Posted on 20-07-2011-05-2008
Gambling is an addiction. Like any addiction, it can take over your life and become the main focus of your attention. Before you know it, you’ve lost control as the lure of gambling becomes more important than anything else in your life.
Think of gambling as being robbed. Each time you bet, thinking it will make you rich you are allowing yourself to be tricked. You probably feel like you are addicted to this habit and you are powerless over it, but this is not true.
Admit to yourself that you have a gambling problem first, and make the decision that you want to stop gambling.
Here are some things you can do:
1. Make a decision each morning that you will not gamble that day. Remember, you have decided to stop gambling, and each morning you need to remind yourself of this.
2. Stop carrying any money, credit cards and checks with you. Block all access to money. Decide how much you need for the day and only carry with you what you need.
3. Plan out your day, in 15 minute segments if you have to. Stick to your schedule. Make sure all your waking hours are covered with something to do
4. Look into a support group like Gamblers Anonymous. Many people like the support of a group and being around other recovering gamblers is extremely helpful to them.
5. If you gamble online get “Gamblock” you can download it for free and it will keep you from gambling.
6. Keep pictures of your family and friends around you to remind you that this is for them too, and that your gambling is letting them down.
7. Think of all of the great things you could afford with the money you waste gambling. Vacations, cars, home improvements, whatever you want you could now have the money for it.
8. Think about all the bad things that have happened due to your gambling and the negative consequences it has brought into your life.
9. Stay positive, don’t give up on yourself, know that there are thousands of people who once were addicted to gambling who are now recovering gamblers.
10. Have a plan in place for when you have an urge again. What will you do? You need to know. Carry phone numbers of friends or support people and positive affirmations with you at all times.
11. Make sure to find a sponsor or a therapist who has had an addiction and knows what it is like.
12. Focus on productive activities that you can feel good about instead of gambling.
You may want to listen to our Stop Gambling MP3