If the pull of gambling is starting to feel a little too strong, don’t worry; you’re not alone. And while the stereotypical addict is hunched over a table, eyes red and tie loosened, perhaps a whiskey on the rocks in hand, these days a surprising amount of problem gambling occurs online, from the sanctity of the home.
In fact, due to the convenience of doing things from home and the problems associated with it, the UK Gambling Commission heavily advocates the Gamstop program. It will soon become mandatory for all online gambling platforms to sign-up if they’re not already on Gamstop, according to Betrush. Interesting stuff, but while we wait for more regulations to be put in place, consider these; our 5 IDEAL steps to tackling an online gambling addiction.
ADMIT THERE’S A PROBLEM
It can be tough to admit to a problem; stigma, embarrassment and a concern about the next step can all act as obstacles. It’s a familiar story; the issue is raised, but sidelined, played down or outright denied. But if you’re serious about overcoming a gambling addiction, the first thing you must do is admit that there’s a problem. It’s only then that you will get into the mindset of seeking help. In fact, it’s one of the most important steps in overcoming any addiction.
SET A GAMBLING LIMIT
Online gambling websites offer the chance to add a self-imposed daily, weekly or monthly limit to your account. This is always a good idea, as it prevents you from getting carried away. You can protect your money from major gambling mistakes and go a step further in the safety stakes by putting together a spending plan before you begin.
Decide how much of your winnings you’ll re-invest in the game and cash out any additional winnings religiously. Re-invest only a percentage of your wins, so you’re taking a profit any time you’re successful with your online gambling. This will help you stay in the green. Of course, only temporarily. It’s folly to believe any serious money will be made in the long run. Instead, treat it as a bit of fun.
FIND COMFORT IN THE SUPPORT OF LOVED ONES
It’s crucial for anyone battling a gambling problem to raise the matter with family or friends so they’re best educated and equipped to help provide guidance and support when necessary. This support network can be invaluable in the inevitable darker moments and can often be the difference between success in overcoming the issue and once again succumbing.
NO STIGMA IN SEEKING PROFESSIONAL HELP
Though that support from loved ones is a vital element, sometimes professional help is a necessity. And there’s no stigma or shame in that. The NHS has a dedicated page offering help in self-diagnosis and a directory of useful contact details of various programs which specialise in helping those who do feel things have got out of hand.
ACCEPT THAT THE HOUSE ALWAYS WINS
Sure, you can have wins – make some money even – when you gamble in short bursts, but in general, luck reduces over time. In the long run, you will lose more than you win. As the old saying goes; ‘the house always wins’. Remember then, that gambling in any form is certainly not an exercise in making money; that’s what boring ol’ work is for. Instead, treat betting as fun and spectacle, and don’t chase a win that will, unfortunately, never come.