Recovering from a gambling addiction is not going to be easy and you will need to make drastic changes to your daily routine and lifestyle in order to kick the habit. Once you have received treatment it is important to keep up the good work and refrain from gambling, especially as you will face temptations on a daily basis.
Self-help techniques include:
Dealing with cravings
You will probably be faced with temptations all the time, especially in this day and age where the opportunity to gamble is huge. If you’re craving making a bet or playing a game to win money, try to distract yourself by doing something else and speak to a friend or loved one about your cravings. Try to analyse the situation and think about the positive work you have done so far. If you have a sudden urge to bet, try to delay it and think through what you are about to do. If you resist the immediate urge you will probably find that you lose interest, especially if you start doing something else instead. Think about the consequences of your actions before you decide to go ahead and gamble.