People thinking about making changes to their gambling habits often find it daunting deciding where to start: Should you go to Gambling Anonymous meetings? Go to see a psychologist? See a counsellor? Try to do it all by yourself? If you’re seeking help for the first time, it’s understandable that you may be confused about … Continue reading 4 ways to get help: What do they look like?
Many people who struggle with gambling want to know why this happened to them. The question ‘why me?’ is valid – why is it that some people are vulnerable to developing gambling problems, while others seem to be able to gamble within their limits? Below are some potential risk factors that might predispose someone to … Continue reading Why me? The risk factors for gambling issues
Confidence will help you reach your goals, but you can’t just switch on self-confidence , it needs to be built up over time. Here are some steps you can take to improve your confidence. Step 1: Recognise and challenge negative thoughts Do you believe your own thoughts, without question? Most of us do. After all, … Continue reading The Confidence Game: Steps to Build your Self-Esteem
If you’ve been tempted to gamble again after quitting, you’re not alone. Some people can address their problems by stopping altogether, but for some the urge resurfaces and can be difficult to resist. Callers to our Helpline often feel tested and find excuses to tell themselves: this time, gambling will be okay. Does this … Continue reading Resistance – how to deal with temptation
A well balanced life is important for your well-being. Developing awareness about the different parts of your life and where they are at is important to help create balance. Neglecting key parts of your life can lead to stress and anxiety. For example, when gambling becomes a problem it can take over other important areas … Continue reading Balance is the key – Four simple steps to re-balance your life
To beat your gambling triggers you need to understand what triggers you. A gambling trigger can be anything makes you think about gambling and results in a strong desire to gamble. It can be hard to ignore triggers as many of them may be part of your everyday life. They can cause people to … Continue reading Five Steps to Beat Gambling Triggers
As you begin down the road to recovery and begin to reflect on your gambling, you may see how small lies about gambling have spiralled into bigger lies and more deception. It is common to attempt to keep gambling a secret from loved ones. Bending the truth can help you cover up gambling problems and … Continue reading Moving forward from a secret life – four tips to start breaking the cycle of deception