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 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

Building your quit gambling muscles

Having ‘stuffed up’ doesn’t mean you give up... At gambling help we often get stories from people who have been doing well controlling their gambling, perhaps not gambling for a few weeks, and then being devastated by a fall into old patterns – angry they’ve “stuffed up again”. While disappointing at the time, relapses are common and … Continue reading Building your quit gambling muscles

Recovering from a Gambling Relapse

Revisiting your game plan after a relapse, giving gambling the boot and getting back where you want to be You’ve probably seen the ads on TV talking about quitting smoking. The one that shows the bloke has given up four times, each time he was able to be free of cigarettes a little longer, and … Continue reading Recovering from a Gambling Relapse

Managing Gambling Worry

Are you constantly thinking about gambling? The difference between thinking about things you really like and thinking about something you used to like, say your gambling, is that it is likely that your gambling thoughts are now unpleasant and make you feel bad. Heavy and even moderate gamblers sometimes worry about their losses, think about … Continue reading Managing Gambling Worry

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