Taking part in gambling can be an enjoyable way to pass the time or it can have a negative impact on your health and finances. However, if you are struggling with problem gambling and need help to stop, there is support out there to get you back on track.
Gambling (or betting) is the wagering of something of value on a random event with the intent of winning something of greater value. It requires three elements: consideration, risk and a prize.
Understanding what gambling is and how to gamble safely can help you enjoy it without becoming addicted or putting yourself at risk.
Learn about gambling odds and how to manage your bankroll effectively.
Set a spending limit and avoid chasing losses, as this can lead to more problems.
If you find yourself thinking, “If I just play a little longer, I’ll win back my money,” stop immediately.
Addiction to gambling can be treated in the same way as any other addiction, often with cognitive behavioural therapy. CBT will look at the beliefs around gambling that you have and how these can lead to addictive behaviours.
Practicing relaxation exercises when you are tempted to gamble can help you control the urges and prevent them from occurring in the first place.
If you are worried about someone close to you who has a gambling problem, talk to them about it and seek support. The sooner you can get them help, the more likely they are to recover.