How to Overcome Gambling Disorders


Gambling is a recreational activity in which you risk money or other items of value on the outcome of a game of chance. It can include activities like lottery tickets, scratch cards, video poker, slot machines and sports betting. It can also involve placing bets with friends or even strangers on the internet. Gambling is a dangerous and addictive activity that can cause serious financial and personal problems.

People who gamble may feel excited, euphoric or happy when they win, but they also often experience feelings of shame, guilt and anxiety when they lose. People with a gambling problem may also lie to family members or therapists about their gambling habits and even steal to fund their addiction. Gambling disorders can lead to depression, substance abuse and/or other mood problems.

The most difficult step in overcoming gambling is realizing that you have a problem. It takes tremendous strength and courage, especially if your gambling has cost you a lot of money and strained relationships. But it’s possible to break the habit and rebuild your life. You can find help and support from friends, family and a therapist.

Set a time limit before you go gambling and leave when that time is up, whether you’re winning or losing. Don’t gamble with credit cards or loans. Balance gambling with other fun activities, such as socialising with friends, hobbies and work. Don’t gamble when you are depressed, upset or in pain — these emotions make it hard to make good decisions.