Compulsive gambling, also called gambling disorder, is the uncontrollable urge to keep gambling despite the toll it takes on your life. Gambling/ Betting means that you’re willing to risk something you value in the hope of getting something of even greater value.
Gambling can stimulate the brain’s reward system much like drugs such as alcohol can, leading to addiction. If you’re prone to compulsive gambling, you may continually chase bets, hide your behavior, deplete savings, accumulate debt, or even resort to theft or fraud to support your addiction
Lifestyle and Home Remedies
There’s no proven way to prevent a gambling problem from occurring or recurring. If you have risk factors for compulsive gambling, it may be helpful to avoid gambling in any form, people who gamble and places where gambling occurs. Get treatment at the earliest sign of a problem to help prevent a gambling disorder from becoming worse.
Coping and Support for Betting
The appeal of gambling is hard to overcome if you keep thinking that you’ll win the next time you gamble. These recovery skills may help you remain focused on resisting the urges of compulsive gambling:
-Tell yourself it’s too risky to gamble at all. One bet typically leads to another and another.
-Give yourself permission to ask for help, as part of realizing that sheer willpower isn’t enough to overcome compulsive gambling. Ask a family member or friend to encourage you to follow your treatment plan.
-Stay focused on your No. 1 goal: not to gamble. Coping skills to better manage the other issues in your life can be initiated only when you aren’t gambling.
-Recognize and then avoid situations that trigger your urge to bet.
-Family members of compulsive gamblers can get counseling, even if the gambler is unwilling to participate in therapy.