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Is Gambling Addiction Preventable?

July 27, 2023 Kevin Anyango

Gambling addiction can consume every aspect of your life, everything from financial ruin to strained relationships; you remain helpless, at the mercy of a ruthless addiction. As someone who has been through the motions of gambling addiction, I understand how easy it is to go from harmless wagers to a debilitating reliance on gambling to function. As a result, I hope to shed light on the dark side of gambling in hopes that other people can pull themselves out before it’s too late and to empower people to make informed decisions to avoid falling into its treacherous grasp. Gambling addiction prevention might work.

No one tells you this, but the allure of gambling is almost impossible to resist. The prospect of instant wealth coupled with the thrill of taking risks and forgetting all about responsibilities gets such a tight grip on you that by the time you realize it, you are already on an inevitable descent into addiction. In my case, the euphoria of a win and the relentless craving for more thrust me into a world I was ill-prepared to handle.

Recognizing the Signs to Prevent Gambling Addiction

Gambling is very much a part of life, and people first need to acknowledge that while it is considered a pastime, it is also a considerable problem. Many people, including me, get caught in a tangled web of denial wherein they spend most of the time rationalizing their behavior and craving betting. Most people believe they can quit at any time, but if you begin entertaining these thoughts, you should pull yourself out before it’s too late.

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Asking for Help and Support

Recovering from gambling addiction is a losing battle without the right external support system and deep-seated personal determination. When you notice that you can’t go a day without placing a bet, wager, or feeling an irresistible pull to the casinos, it is time to seek help. It doesn’t matter whether you are on a winning streak or not, the spiral will get out of control, and the claws of gambling addiction will be buried so deep that you won’t be able to escape unscathed.

Reaching out to loved ones and seeking professional help is a great starting point. At the same time, you should ensure you cut ties with things, places, and people that encourage gambling.

Through educating others through my experience, I have found that many people don’t know much about gambling addiction. It is important to seek information on gambling addiction so you know how to protect yourself from it.

Preventing gambling addiction requires a multifaceted approach that involves openly speaking about the consequences of the addiction to help people make informed decisions and avoid the initial allure of gambling turning into an addiction.

APA Reference
Anyango, K. (2023, July 27). Is Gambling Addiction Preventable?, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, May 18 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/recoveringfrommentalillness/2023/7/is-gambling-addiction-preventable



Author: Kevin Anyango

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