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Psychological Articles : How to Quit Gambling

Psychological Articles : How to Quit Gambling

Pscyhological articles: Gambling Problems

Pscyhological articles: Gambling Problems

By Boomeryearbook.com

Addictions are by nature difficult to handle, and gambling addictions are no exception. Psychological articles tell us that unlike smoking or drinking there is no physical gambling need but a highly addictive psychological one. As a result, gambling taken to an extreme can cost an addict his peace of mind, family and even job. That’s why it’s better to deal with it while you can and when it hasn’t gone too far.

Psychological articles tell us that there are different types of gambling addictions as people gamble for different reasons. Some may be addictive to the rush and the thrill; others might seek it as an escape from depression, loss, boredom or loneliness. Gambling can also take the form of a compulsive habit with people unable to resist the urge to place a bet. Other gamblers may be developing a problem and either in denial or unaware, thereby disrupting their life considerably. Consequently, the origin of the reason why one develops a gambling habit must be incorporated into the treatment.

Psychological articles tell us that in some cases, rather than entering an extensive treatment program, there are a number of preliminary pointers and attitudinal changes that can effect positive changes such as:

• Gambling can begin with the notion or intention to gamble. At the moment the ideation comes to mind, immediately stop what you’re doing and call someone. Change your thought process and make a mental effort to stop thinking about gambling.

• Gambling requires money. So one of the easiest ways to avoid it is to not keep any credit cards on hand and as little cash as possible. Even better, let your spouse or trustworthy friends take care of your expenses.

• In most instances, gambling consumes a huge amount of time. Therefore, try and plan your schedule in such a way that you eliminate the possibility of unplanned time chunks that can put you at risk of trouble.

• Avoid all environments that tempt you to gamble, and get help through GA (gamblers anonymous). Be honest with your GA support and let them know and help you avoid gambling establishments that will cause you trouble.

Attitude towards a problem can make a big difference. Change your mind set and begin busting some denial and self deceptive myths such as:

• Although you know you should quit you don’t because you ‘love it’.
• A chronic shortage of money is seen as the cause of your habit.
• That you can continue to gamble but manage it better.
• You’re trying to reform because your family wants you too.
• Life without it would be boring.
• It’s not possible to quit entirely.

All these mental attitudes are flaws that will cause you to fail. It’s crucial to treat your problem as a serious one that will need continuous determination, motivation, support, and resolve. Like other addictions, it’s also important to approach a support organization like Gamblers Anonymous, and confide in trusted family members and friends who can prop you up during difficult times.

The Psychological Article on How to Quit Gambling is part of Boomer Yearbook’s continuing series of psychological articles on Elderly problems. We believe knowledge is power. We’d love to hear what you think.

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