A common thought that many Gambling Help clients have is “Do I need to hit rock bottom in order to change? How bad do things have to get before change happens?” The good news is you can decide to make a change at any time.
As we approach 2019, many people we speak to are taking stock and realising that they don’t like the role that gambling plays in their lives. If that sounds like you, that realisation is an opportunity to make positive change in your life and the lives of your loved ones.
There are some common worries that stop people from reaching out to Gambling Help NSW. Here's why they're not as big a problem as you might think.
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