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How to Stop Gambling Addiction

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Last updated: 10/25/2018
Author: Medical Review

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If you are wondering how to stop gambling addiction you have taken the first step on the road to recovery.

Gambling is everywhere, it is on the internet, it is at every gas station, and it is on the roads at casinos and race tracks. A gambling addiction can be a hard habit for you to get rid of, but there are resources out there that focus specifically on gambling addicts and can help you overcome your addiction.

Why Compulsive Gambling is a Problem

Gambling may start out innocent but after a few wins or loses you may have begun to form a habit. The rush you get from gambling may cloud your judgment and cause you to bet money that you do not have.

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A gambling addiction can be a hard addiction to overcome alone.

According to, compulsive gambling often starts quietly and results in your need to continue betting in hopes of breaking even. Ultimately, desperation will set in and the eventual destruction of your personal life, family relationships, and career can occur.

Compulsive gamblers often feel depressed and guilty when they lose a lot of money and this depression and guilt can cause many gamblers to have suicidal thoughts.

This is why it is important for you to get help of you have a gambling problem.

Finding Help

If you have admitted to yourself that you have a problem and that you need to find a way to stop your gambling addiction, you have completed the first step in helping yourself overcome your addiction.

Now that you have the willpower to stop you will most likely need help from outside sources to help you complete your goal. There are gambling hotlines out there that you can call and that can provide you with advice and support with battling your gambling problem. Gambling hotlines can also provide you with referrals to gambling addiction programs and rehabilitation centers that may be a smart choice for you to involve yourself with.

Gambling is a highly psychological addiction that will take time and effort for you to overcome the addiction. Attending a gambling rehab will provide you with the support, education, and resources for you to get over your addiction. Gambling rehabs have trained staff that will be available for you to talk to as well as other people who are overcoming their addictions with you. At a gambling rehab you will have people available to talk to 24/7 and who understand what you are going through without passing judgment on you.

If you do not want to go to a rehab program you can always find a gambling anonymous group that you can attend on a weekly basis and this will also provide you with encouragement and support in overcoming your addiction. The answer on how to stop gambling addiction will vary from each person, but once you decide that you want to stop your addiction know that there are resources out there to help you achieve your goal and you can find many of them via the internet or by contacting a gambling help line.

How Our Helpline Works

For those seeking addiction treatment for themselves or a loved one, the helpline is a private and convenient solution.

Calls to any general helpline (non-facility specific 1-8XX numbers) for your visit will be answered by American Addiction Centers (AAC).

We are standing by 24/7 to discuss your treatment options. Our representatives work solely for AAC and will discuss whether an AAC facility may be an option for you. Our helpline is offered at no cost to you and with no obligation to enter into treatment. Neither nor AAC receives any commission or other fee that is dependent upon which treatment provider a visitor may ultimately choose.

For more information on AAC’s commitment to ethical marketing and treatment practices, or to learn more about how to select a treatment provider, visit our About AAC page. If you wish to explore additional treatment options or connect with a specific rehab center, you can browse top-rated listings or visit SAMHSA.

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