Tips to Give Up Gambling by Vince Hawkins
Do treat the addiction as a money issue. Gamblers Anonymous or Debtors Anonymous or both could help.
Don’t try to give up anything else initially. Don’t worry about smoking and/or overeating. Tackle these later. No gambler ended up broke under the influence of a cigarette or a biscuit.
Do challenge the passing thought that you’d like to gamble. In your head tell it to eff off. Otherwise a seed will be planted that could grow into a real bet instead of a craving. A week or so later you will find yourself in a bookies, at the track or in a casino spending what you can’t afford.
Don’t rush the program. Be a tortoise, not a hare. Leave the self-improvement steps until later. Just getting through the withdrawals without a relapse requires your full attention early on.
Do play the video the whole way through. We can’t control the first thought that enters our heads, but we can be our own director of what follows. If the opening scene is the first rush of excitement of – sitting in a casino and asking for chips, say, don’t stop there.
How many bets will you have? What scrapes will you get into? What harm will you do yourself and loved ones? What dark spot will you end up in? How many short months of misery before you end up in dead trouble?