Gambling is a universal phenomenon. In every country on this planet, there is a form of gambling. Whether it be horse racing, online gaming, card games, slot machines, lotteries, sports betting, dog fight bets, chicken fight bets, or bingo parlors; gambling is everywhere. There are few places you can go and not be bombarded by this on a day to day basis. Gaming establishments have bombarded the radio, television, internet, newspapers, magazines, email, snail mail and every means there are, with some information or attraction to gambling. If you visit your supermarket, stores and corner shops there are numerous means and options for lottery tickets.
Anyone who tries to quit gambling will have an enormous undertaking. Because of the constant reminder along with temptation to gamble, they will need the full support of their friends and family. They will need to give up control of their finances as well as let a trusted individual have control over their money. This person will pay all their bills and not hand over this responsibility until after the addict has recovered. Spouses have to provide constant understanding along with reassurance. This will help a gambler when they feel overcome by their decision. Gamblers also have to make lifestyle changes. They cannot visit, or go by the same places they used to before. This will cause them to lose headway and start gambling again. If they used to go to the corner store they would shop somewhere else. Another strategy is to carry small amounts of cash that can only be used to buy essential items. Credit cards, debit cards, and discount cards should be handed over or left at home.
Attending support group meetings also help people with gambling addiction. Quitting gambling is not a one off decision but a process and a constant battle. Gamblers will need a source of inspiration in addition to constant support. Gamblers Anonymous provide this and also assigns sponsors to work with all their members. It is easier to transition when you have an example of someone who has quit gambling. Seeing a counselor or psychologist might also help addicts. The thing about speaking with a therapist is that gamblers will have a professional guide that will offer advice on how to handle their issues. The counselor will also track their progress and refer them to other resources that may help them.
Even after progress seems to be made, ex-gamblers need to be monitored. Some may lapse and have to repeat the process. On the other hand there are others who maintain their sobriety every day; consistently avoiding gambling temptations as best they could. They value their friends and family more because of the support that was shown to them.