Various surveys have determined that around two million people in the U.S. are addicted to gambling, and for as many as 20 million citizens the habit seriously interferes with work and social life.Nov 1, 2013
The 10 most successful ways of overcoming gambling urges
- Plan ahead to avoid boredom.
- Live your life one day at a time.
- Do something completely different.
- Rekindle an old hobby.
- Be especially vigilant leading up to special events.
- Find ways that help you cope better with stress.
- Remind yourself that to gamble is to lose.
There's no trust there now. But when you live with the compulsive gambler, have a relationship that's lasted for some period of time, even have children with the gambler – you have a vested interest in maintaining the relationship. You obviously care for (or have cared for) the person.
If you or someone you love has a gambling problem, an effort to stop gambling should start as soon as possible. A severe gambling problem is usually progressive, and can become worse over time if not stopped. Gambling addiction can cause you to lose your friends and family very easily.
And if you need some motivation to quit gambling, here are seven reasons.
- The Casino Always Has an Edge.
- You'll Fall for the Gambler's Fallacy.
- Gambling Can Be Addicting.
- Gambling Affects Your Mood.
- Casino Visitors Are Robbery Targets.
- Gambling Can Waste Lots of Time.
- Gambling Can Cause Social Problems.