“If you are going through Hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill
Many people with gambling problems feel like they’re literally in Hell, wrecked by feelings of worthlessness, guilt and shame. Some feel like their lives are worthless and there’s no way out. Many have been gambling for more than a decade. Some have gambled hundreds of thousands of dollars away. Many feel like they’ve tried EVERYTHING to stop, including treatment. It’s all enough to make you feel like giving up. Have you been through this?
If so, then know that YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
But there is good reason to not give up.
Gambling is among the most treatable of psychological conditions, even for gamblers who have been gambling at intense levels for long periods of time, over decades in some cases. “But I’ve tried treatment, and it didn’t work,” you might be thinking. The fact is that not all treatment approaches are the same, and different treatments may work for different people. So chances are, if you’ve tried a treatment and it hasn’t worked, it may have been the wrong treatment approach for you.
If you’re feeling cold, and you try a jumper on and it doesn’t fit, would you stand bare-backed and let yourself freeze to death? One would hope not. Might be a good idea to find a jumper that fits!
The point is, that no matter how hopeless it seems, there IS a way out. You might just need the right guide to help you find it.
For those who think they may have a problem with gambling, or if you want to know more, help is available.
A gambling counsellor can be found by calling Gambling Help on 1800 858 858. Free individual sessions are available to anybody who might be concerned their gambling has gotten out of hand.
The Gambling Help website has a range of free resources and self-help tools available to download or order, as well as new community support forums where you can share your experiences and hear from others who are in similar situations. Visit www.gamblinghelp.nsw.gov.au/forum to join the conversation.