Would you like to know how to get help for gambling addiction? Often called ‘the secret addiction’ (often the two aware are the bookie and the banker), gambling is a serious problem. It can lead to some people losing everything, and many people commit suicide. During the 2020 Lockdown, gambling problems soared (gamblers are more likely to be male, unemployed, studying or retired). Also see reasons not to play the lottery.
Just as with the lottery, the main problem is the materialism in society. Politicians constantly talk about ‘the economy’ as if it’s the only thing that matters. But problems are never solved simply by money (if you inherit money, you likely are grieving for someone you loved). Live simply, take up meditation and read books on the meaning of life. It doesn’t help that many ‘spiritual gurus’ tend to be so obsessed with money, that gambling addicts may well spin the wheel, in order to afford the high prices asked, to ‘find spiritual enlightenment’. You’re better off visiting your church, and having a cup of tea and chat with a priest.
- Tell someone you have a problem. A problem shared and all that. And try to spend time with people who don’t gamble, to help change your mindset (pay your bills, before you gamble). If you can live without them, cutting up your credit cards would not be a bad idea (or at least pack them away somewhere, until you are healed).
- The Conversation has a good post on why not to play fruit machines. These ‘profit juggernauts’ are stacked against you, so you rarely win. The companies just ‘sell excitement’ as lives are ruined.
- Bet on racing greyhounds or racing horses? If you can’t give up for money reasons, then give up for animal welfare. At the end of their racing lives, many animals are killed or sent abroad to suffer awful fates. Ask those who help retired greyhounds and retired racehorses (they are overwhelmed).
- Gamblers Anonymous holds meetings in person or online, with your own ‘buddy’. GamAnon can help relatives.
- GamCare offers support; give them a call, or chat online.
- Debt charities offer free help, and can often contact your creditors, to set up interest-free payment plans.
- Talk to your GP. If you live in England or Wales, you can self-refer to NHS National Problem Gambling Clinic.
- Gordon Moody Association is a residential program.
- Allen Carr method is not just to give up smoking. His method also works for gambling and other addictions. There’s no judgement.