Why do I have a problem with gambling while my friends don’t?

Thoughts about gambling are one of the main factors which differentiate somebody with a gambling problem from a non-gambler or a recreational gambler. “Why do I have a problem with gambling while my friends don’t?” is often a question that people with gambling problems bring to treatment. The answer to this question can be found in … Continue reading Why do I have a problem with gambling while my friends don’t?

Acceptance and commitment – Part I

It’s 5pm, knockoff time. You just got paid today. You are thinking of dropping into the club on the way home and going for an hour on the pokies. You’ll withdraw $100 and if you lose that, that’s it. There’s a little voice at the back of your head saying you won’t be able to … Continue reading Acceptance and commitment – Part I

What are your triggers?

Identifying personal triggers for gambling is a difficult task, but the identification of such triggers is the first step toward being able to control them. They may vary between individuals, as we are all unique in our personal experiences, but the list below provides some common triggers that many gamblers experience. Low Mood: Feelings of … Continue reading What are your triggers?

What will your New Year’s resolution be?

Well it's that time of year again. The time when people make all sorts of commitments about what they want to change in the New Year. Some people want to lose a few kilos, some want to give up smoking and for others, they would like to have a life free from gambling. We all … Continue reading What will your New Year’s resolution be?

Quit Gambling For Good in 2013

So you’ve tried. Maybe you went without gambling for a week, maybe two. But then, like the time before, and maybe the time before that, you found yourself thinking about it. The urge grew stronger and before you knew it you found yourself there again. The place you promised yourself, maybe even promised your partner … Continue reading Quit Gambling For Good in 2013

20 things/20 minutes – Surfing your way through change

Often we do things simply because we get the urge to do it. No thinking, we just want to, we just feel like it, so we do it. Sometimes this urge is so powerful that no matter what we think we just have to do it. Urges are what makes changing a behaviour a pretty … Continue reading 20 things/20 minutes – Surfing your way through change

The Pokies Play Tricks On My Mind

In the week I had a message from JKS who is struggling with keeping gambling under control – in particular pokie machines. They talk about the tricks their mind plays and how they feel about telling lies to their family to cover up where they have been and where their money has gone.  Read JKS … Continue reading The Pokies Play Tricks On My Mind