Is gambling addiction a problem for me?
- Think about gambling a great deal of your time?
- Lie about your gambling to others?
- Gamble while bills go unpaid?
- Borrow money to finance your gambling?
- Miss work because of your gambling?
- Feel anxious, depressed or even suicidal after you gamble, but not quitting?
If you answered yes to any of these, you could have a gambling addiction problem.
How do I stop my problem gambling?
The good news is that Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) based professional treatment and self-help CBT models such as SMART Recovery can be very helpful for gaining independence from addictions, including problem gambling. SMART Recovery is an alternative to Gamblers Anonymous (GA) as well as other 12-step programs.
SMART Recovery’s potential effectiveness for assisting individuals to find relief from gambling addiction is supported by research. The National Center for Responsible Gambling Conference, co-sponsored by Harvard Medical School’s Division on Addictions and the Gaming Industry, introduced research clearly showing CBT to be an effective way to assist individuals interested in reducing problem gambling. Studies also show a correlation between alcohol, nicotine and other drugs, as well as gambling. Problematic gambling can lead to more destructive actions such as criminal behavior (i.e., embezzlement) and, possibly, suicide.
How can SMART Recovery help me stop gambling?
SMART Recovery provides its members with tools and support that they can use to help them recover from addictive gambling behaviors as well as other negative and unwanted behaviors. SMART Recovery’s 4-Point Program® is an alternative to 12 step programs, such as Gamblers Anonymous, and designed to help you overcome your problems with gambling addiction:
- Enhancing & Maintaining Motivation to Quit – Helps you identify and keep up with your reasons to stop gambling. Why do you want to stop – what will keep you focused on that goal?
- Coping with Urges – Dealing with urges is part of recovery. SMART has tools designed to help you cope with your urges to gamble.
- Managing Problems – We frequently turn to our addictive behaviors (like gambling addiction) to either escape from or avoid addressing problems. SMART helps you learn problem-solving tools to help you manage challenges along the way.
- Lifestyle Balance – SMART helps you develop skills to help balance both short and long-term goals, as well as pleasures and needs that were once out of balance.
Where can I go from here?
Getting started with SMART Recovery is easy!
If you would like to get started right away, you can where you can read, share and learn from our worldwide network of members at any time of the day or night. Be sure to check out our Gambling Addiction support forum there.
You can also find a local free SMART Recovery meeting, or, if we don’t have any meetings in your area yet, you can join us at one of our online meetings.
If you’d like to have printed study material, we suggest the SMART Recovery Handbook.
Self-Management - People can manage their own behaviour.
Mutual Aid - People learn best from each other.
Choice - People choose their own goals, skills and tools.
Person Centred - People with lived experience are central in guiding what we do.
Evidence Led - All our programs are based on scientific evidence and we encourage their on-going evaluation.
SMART Recovery was established in 1994 in the USA to meet the increasing demand of health professionals and their patients for a secular and science-based alternative to the widespread 12-Step addiction recovery program.
Such was its popularity that SMART Recovery grew from 42 group meetings at the beginning to more than 2000 in North America alone today and now proliferating worldwide in 23 countries and counting.
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