How to Overcome Gambling Addiction


Gambling is the wagering of something of value on a random event where instances of strategy are discounted. It may include a game of chance, sports and horse races, lotteries, pull-tab games, scratchcards, or casino activities.

The problem with gambling is that it can be hard to stop. The urge to gamble is strong, and relapse can be frequent, especially as people have easier access to gambling websites and apps from anywhere with an internet connection. Fortunately, staying in recovery from gambling addiction is possible if you surround yourself with supportive people, establish accountability, avoid tempting environments and websites, give up control of your finances (at least at first), and find healthier activities to replace gambling in your life.

People who have problems with gambling come from every walk of life and all socioeconomic levels. They are men and women, young and old, from small towns and large cities, rich or poor. Some people with gambling addiction try to solve financial issues, others use it as an escape from boredom or stress, and some even attempt suicide.

The most important step in overcoming gambling addiction is admitting that you have a problem. It takes courage and strength, particularly if you’ve lost a lot of money and had relationships strained or broken as a result of your gambling. If you’re struggling with gambling addiction, get help now by taking the BetterHelp assessment and getting matched with a therapist who can help.

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