Sit down and take a moment. This is important. Don’t just read through this, rather, take the time to make a mental image of your answers to some of these questions, because you CAN get better and you DESERVE to.
How might life look different if you stopped gambling?
What would you do with all of that extra time? All of that extra money?
Who would you would spend more time with? What would you do with them?
What would you buy them? What would you buy yourself?
Where would you go on holiday?
Which restaurants would you visit?
Who are some of the people you could buy that overdue gift for?
How would you feel?
Don’t gloss over it. It’s an important exercise. Try to really imagine your answers. You might have been gambling for so long that doing some of these things feels like a pipe dream, but it’s not. You CAN get better and you DESERVE to.
What about if you keep gambling at the rate you are now for another ten years? Take a moment to imagine what it would be like. What’s the worst case scenario?
What would your relationships be like? What would your housing situation be like? Your work situation? How would you be feeling?
There’s NO reason for that to happen.
You’re suffering from a psychological problem which is among the MOST treatable. You have very good reason to be optimistic. But there’s a catch. You need to do something.
You need to reach out for help. It’s not easy to reach out, but in the long run, it’s far, far harder no to. REACH OUT, it will be the one of the BEST decisions of your life.
SO many people have been where you are today, just months ago, and today they’re breathing a sigh of relief, because they reached out and got treatment. And this goes for all types of gamblers, from pokies gamblers, to sports gamblers, to pokies gamblers. It goes for people who have just started to have problems, and for people who’ve been experiencing gambling problems for decades. It even goes for people who’ve come in for treatment years ago, and maybe it didn’t work then.
The fact is treatment has come along an AWFULLY long way in recent years, and the VAST majority of people get an awful lot better, most in a matter of weeks.
If you’re still sceptical, because you don’t see how talking about it could help, you’re not alone. Most people who come in to treatment are sceptical gambling therapy. Those same people are incredibly surprised to find that it works. But it does work, in the vast majority of cases.
So pick up the phone and call 1800 858 858. You owe it to yourself. What have you got to lose?
For those who think they may have a problem with sports gambling, poker machines or any other form of gambling, 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.