With recent news that Australia is to introduce an online self-exclusion register for its gamblers, it’s more evident than ever that online gaming companies need to take steps to protect their players from the risk of gambling addiction.
Gambling is hugely popular not only in Australia but all over the world, and lists of the best rated casino sites 2020 can be found online for those looking for distinguish the reputable from the unscrupulous, the latter who offer no protection for users. While this online self-exclusion register represents a major move by the Australian gambling industry, it’s already in place in many places globally. In fact, a similar self exclusion scheme exists in the United Kingdom, helping players self restrict their access to online betting sites, enabling them to sever ties with one company or the entire gambling ecosystem, depending on the level of protection they seek. What else can be done? Here’s a start; our 5 IDEAL steps to tackling an online gaming addiction.
THE FIRST STEP TO RECOVERY IS ADMITTING THERE’S A PROBLEM
In 12-step program designed to tackle addiction which have been used to decades, the first step of those twelve is viewed as the most important. And that is; before recovery, one must admit (and truly accept) that there is a problem in the first place. Sure, stigma and shame may stand in your way, but it’s vital to succumb to acknowledgment of the issue before you can change. It’s only then that you will get into the dedicated, devoted mindset needed to get proper help.
SET LIMITS ON YOUR GAMBLING
Any responsible online casino or gambling website worth your custom should always offer self-imposed daily, weekly or monthly limits to your gambling and account; a milder form of that online self-exclusion register we mentioned earlier. This prevents the extremely risky mindset of ‘just one more, to make up my losses’ which can see things quickly spiral.
As well as imposing those limits, you should always have a spending plan in place before placing any punt, and always with the attitude that this is a little fun rather than a way to earn money. So, decide how much of your winnings you’ll re-invest in the game prior to playing 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.
SEEK THE SUPPORT OF FAMILY & FRIENDS…
For anyone in the throes of addiction, and not only to gambling, it’s best to leave that embarrassment of having an issue at the door, and enlist the support of family and friends at the earliest opportunity. By doing this, they’ll be educated and equipped to help provide guidance and support when necessary. A deep and extensive support network is a huge shield against relapsing in the inevitable darker moments. Have close relatives and friends on speed dial for when that temptation hits.
…AND PROFESSIONALLY, IF NECESSARY
Though that crucial support of those close to you of course shouldn’t be rejected or overlooked, sometimes intervention from a professional is even more vital in the process of recovery. Remember, there is no shame, and no stigma, in asking for help. Fortunately, the NHS has a page devoted to problem gambling, offering help in self-diagnosis and an extensive directory of various program’s contact details who can give serious, experienced assistance in your journey to being gamble-free.
BE REALISTIC AND ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THE HOUSE ALWAYS WINS
We can’t stress this enough; gambling becomes a problem in most cases when the participant believes there is real money to be made. When it stops becoming fun, and is viewed as a way to recoup debts, then things can quickly spiral. Of course, wins will occur – some money may even be made – but in general, luck decreases in the long run. Let’s put in bluntly; you will not leave a long stretch of gambling in pocket. As a wise person once said (and should’ve said even louder), ‘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.