Gambling can be a very difficult thing to stop – it is a process that takes time, energy and often there are bumps along the way. However people do get there and often feel relieved after going a considerable period of time without gambling. This sense of relief from ceasing gambling activities can come with its own challenges. Gambling is omnipresent and can be difficult to escape in your day-to-day life; going to the pub, the races, watching television at home and seeing advertisements – gambling is everywhere.
Due to this constant exposure, individuals with a controlled gambling problem may find themselves having ‘one off bets’ and having thoughts such as ‘I’m in control of this now’… and this may be true. Perhaps, you can gamble just once a year, but how do you know when you’re back on the slippery slope of a gambling problem?
There are three important signs you should look out for that may signal a relapse:
- Chasing Losses – if you have placed a bet and lost money do you continue to play in the hopes of gaining this money back?
- Degree of regularity – how often are you gambling?
- Planning to gamble – are you planning your gambling activities as opposed to a spontaneous/spur of the moment activity?
If the above signs are familiar to you and you’re concerned about relapsing, call Gambling Help on 1800 858 858 for free and confidential support.