Gambling is an activity where you risk something of value at an event whose outcome is uncertain. This could be money or a physical prize. The goal is to win more than you have risked.
Problem gambling is an addiction that can lead to problems with your finances and relationships. It can also affect your mental health.
Realizing that you have a gambling problem is the first step in getting help. It takes tremendous strength and courage to admit that you have a problem, especially if you have lost a lot of money and strained or broken relationships along the way.
You need to build a strong support network, so talk to friends and family. Reach out to other people who have overcome gambling problems.
Be patient with yourself when you have a gambling craving. If you tell yourself that you will wait for five minutes, fifteen minutes, or an hour, the urge may pass or weaken.
Stopping gambling is difficult and may take time, but it can be done. If you know you have a gambling problem, find someone who can help and join a support group such as Gamblers Anonymous or Alcoholics Anonymous.
Cognitive therapy is a key treatment for gambling. CBT can identify and challenge your beliefs about gambling, including how you think about luck. It can also teach you how to manage your feelings in healthier ways and control your behavior when gambling.
Avoid gambling when you are depressed or worried about your finances. This can make it hard to decide what to do next and you may end up losing more than you bargained for.