How to Avoid Problem Gambling
Gambling can be a fun and social activity but it can also be harmful. Problem gambling can affect relationships, performance at work or study, leave you in debt and possibly homeless. It can also lead to mental health problems and addiction.
Gambling is a social activity that can provide a range of benefits, including increased creativity and problem solving skills, socializing with other people and improving skill levels at games such as poker or blackjack. It can also be a source of relaxation and comfort, which helps to alleviate symptoms of stress.
The type of gambling you engage in can also make a difference to your risk of developing problem gambling. For example, some gambling activities are chance-based (like the lottery or roulette) while others involve skill and knowledge on the part of the gambler.
Some gamblers experience a psychological disorder, such as depression, which can make them more susceptible to harmful gambling behaviour. This is because individuals with such a disorder have trouble dealing with unpleasant emotions and may use gambling as a way to self-soothe or relieve boredom.
Changing your lifestyle and seeking treatment for an underlying mood disorder can help you address the root of your gambling problem. This could include therapy, medication and lifestyle changes.
Your support network can play a role in helping you stay on track to recovery from your gambling addiction. Reach out to friends, family, colleagues at work, and people who have been successful in recovering from their gambling problem.