In a previous article where we talked about mind-blowing facts about gambling online addiction, we clearly stated the fact that the gambling industry in the United States is a 40 billion-dollar industry. For those who try to feel their emotional void through gambling, a lot of assistance is k to overcome the harmful cravings in gamblers.
Assisting a gambling addict to recognize the problem they have is the first step to recovery. But that’s not all. They need ongoing support from families, friends, and well-wishers to make it to the other side. Throughout the journey, you must encourage them and maintain a non-judgmental attitude towards them. Here are some of the ways to help compulsive gamblers through and long but deserving journey.
1. Identifying the signs early
One of the ways by which you can help a gambling addict is by identifying the signs. It will be difficult for a gambler to see it as a gambling problem. The first phase is looking for the signs. Understand that this is where the issue starts. Theft, lying, or doing ‘illegal things’ as well as a constant need to increase the betting stakes are some of the signs of compulsive gambling. And trust me, that’s a severe problem.
2. Don’t be judgmental
While identifying the signs of compulsive gambling is the first phase to recovery, the last thing you want to do is be judgmental. Do not judge anyone who’s currently battling this compulsion. You should prepare for that defensive reactions, and you should also be clear that the concern you have for that person isn’t a judgmental behaviour. Start by using the letter ‘I’; yes! You should use sentences that use ‘I’. Study them thoroughly, do they look like they need help?
3. Knowing the causes, the factors and some personality traits of compulsive addiction
You need to understand the causal agents, the factors contributing to this compulsive behaviour and some of the traits that relate to gambling. The causes can range from a craving for a distraction; a stressful day; or the need for social interaction or the rush of it. Understanding the primary reason that a gambler turns to the habit can make it easier to find substitute behaviours to distract the player instead of gambling. That will go a long way – trust me.
4. Research helpful treatment
Researching effective treatments is another to go about it. There are tons of treatment for gambling. You can work on treating the gambler’s addicts and the problems they experience at home. A visit to the therapist with the family member can be of help. These moves will go a long way. There are lots of treatment centres with effective programs for those who find it difficult to stop this compulsive behaviour.
Gambling starts with one underlying condition. However, you can treat these underlying conditions, which will ultimately help with the addiction too. Try out therapies or treatments with medication that can be managed and recommended by real professionals for people who might benefit from it.
5. Discuss the treatment options with them (the gambler)
Whatever you do, make sure you discuss the treatment options with the gambler. Discuss the possible causes of their addiction. Treatment options ca begin with things such as therapy, inpatient programs as well as other methods in case the initial efforts don’t work.
For gamblers who have severe issues and can’t get past it alone, then complete isolation and inpatient treatment from gambling opportunities and venues is the right thing to do.
When you discuss things with the gambler, you might get some insight that would help them with their ‘will’ power. It will make it easy to solve the problem as well as encouraging the gambler’s cooperation because you discuss things with them, and you value their opinion regarding their shortcomings.
6. Honesty encourages Honesty
You can encourage Honesty by using Honesty. What do I mean? One of the effective means of getting through to children and adults is by making use of modelling. It is a valued part and an essential factor which must be considered in a gambling situation – this key factor is the lack of Honesty, and that’s what you are trying to fight. To make an impact in the gambler’s life, you have to show a high level of Honesty. The people in his/her life has got to be honest even when they relapse or generally have bad days. This will encourage them to come out straight and let others know when they are at that point in their life when the craving for gamble erupts.
7. Be supportive
One of the ways to help a compulsive gambler is to be supportive during their lowest times. Trust me; gambling can be a severe addiction to overcome. When it’s time to addressing the problem and the behavioural change, it is way easier to achieve this when you amid your ‘tribe’. Yes! I call them tribes. These are your loved ones and people who support them. Gamblers tend to relapse when they are in the midst of people who would judge them instead of being supportive. Those that overcome their addiction issues do so when they are around an effective support system. That’s what you should provide.
8. Encourage them to make healthy choices
At this point, you need to encourage him/her to make healthy decisions. There are factors to being healthy, and those factors are ‘Decisions’, ‘Environment’, and ‘Time’. The choices you make should exclude gambling. One of the best ways to go about this is by scheduling your time correctly so that you don’t have to go to the casino.
Remember, learn to encourage the gambler to stay far away from locations that will trigger that craving again. They need to know that if they can’t see any game to gamble in, it won’t be possible to bet. In addition to all of these, leave a message or a comment in the comment section below. Cheers!