How to Overcome Gambling Addictions


Gambling is an activity where someone risks something of value on a chance that it will turn out well. It may involve risking money or other items of value and it is usually regulated by government and influenced by consumer demand. It can also have a number of negative effects on individuals and communities.

Some people gamble as an exciting, socialising or relaxing pastime and others find it a way to escape from stress or worries. But for some, gambling can become problematic and they might need help. If you think you have a problem, seek help – there are treatment options and peer support groups. These can include organisations such as Gamblers Anonymous, which follows a 12-step programme similar to Alcoholics Anonymous.

The most difficult step in overcoming a gambling addiction is recognising that there is one. It takes courage to admit that you have a problem, especially if it has caused you to lose a lot of money and strain or break relationships. But remember, you are not alone – many others have overcome their addiction and rebuilt their lives. If you are struggling, try to strengthen your support network by reaching out to friends or finding new ways to meet people – such as joining a book club, sports team or volunteering for a good cause. You could also consider a therapy app such as BetterHelp, which matches you with accredited, licensed therapists who can help with depression, anxiety and relationships, including gambling.