How do I walk away from gambling?
I just find it so addictive, but know it's starting to become a problem
- jeffdanielkLv 43 months ago
Just don't gamble. Be happy with the money you have. Stop trying to win more. Just don't do it. That's all.
- 3 months ago
This is a really tricky one. Like any other destructive habit that releases high levels of dopamine, it can be incredibly hard to quit or walk away from.
People wrongfully assume that one can just "stop gambling at any time" because the individual isn't consuming an addictive substance like nicotine in cigarettes of alcohol in booze. But this just isn't true. The dopaminergic (reward) pathways in the brain are just as active in compulsive gamblers as they are in smokers and alcoholics, and in some circumstances, the consequences of gambling can be even worse than those of smoking, alcoholism, or drug addiction.
Admitting to yourself that gambling is becoming a problem that you are losing control over is the first huge step towards kicking the addiction and is honestly half the battle.
First things first, I'd recommend kicking it cold turkey if you can, or at the least start tapering off of the habit. if you choose to slowly taper, keep a log of your spending on gambling, and make sure every week you spend less than you did the previous week.
Try replacing gambling with other forms of entertainment, the same way a smoker may go for a walk when they have a craving or chew a piece of gum, you should do the same with gambling. When you get the urge to place a bet, go for a walk, go to the gym, play a video game, etc. instead.
Hope this helps, and if worse comes to worse, there is no shame in talking to your doctor or a counsellor about it.
- zman492Lv 73 months ago
I have two recommendations for you to consider.
The first is Gamblers Anonymous.
From what I have heard some GA groups work really well for a lot of people, but some other GA groups are not as good.
The second is seeing a therapist who specializes in gambling addiction.
If neither of these work for you there are other alternatives, such as the residential treatment facility CORE.