Gambling can be fun and lucrative, but there are downsides as well. Gambling addiction can cost you money and ruin your relationships. Here are some ways to stop the urge to gamble. Read on to find out how to overcome this addictive behavior. Gambling is an ancient habit that has existed as far back as the Paleolithic period. The earliest six-sided dice were found in Mesopotamia as early as 3000 BC. There are records of gambling as far back as the 14th century in Japan.
To combat gambling addiction, begin by strengthening your support network. Reach out to your family and friends. Join a book club, sports team, volunteer for a worthy cause, or take an education class. Reach out to other members of the family to let them know that they are not alone. You can also join peer support groups such as Gamblers Anonymous, which is modeled after Alcoholics Anonymous. It consists of 12 steps, including finding a sponsor, who is a former gambler who can provide you with guidance.
The EIGHT has been studied and used to determine whether it affects your mental and emotional well-being. Researchers at Stanford University and the New England Mental Illness Research Education Clinical Center conducted this study. The authors acknowledge Dr. Sean Sullivan, Dr. Suck Won Kim, and Loreen Rugle for providing information for this article. The EIGHT and the NARS-GOLD guidelines are not intended to replace the advice of your physician.