Support Your Compulsive Gambling Recovery: Do’s and Don’ts

You’re ready to make positive changes in your life—and they don’t include gambling. The first step toward lasting change is to develop a treatment plan with the help of a gambling addiction counselor. Once you have a roadmap to recovery, use these do’s and don’ts to support your gambling-free life.

  • Do learn to cope with emotional triggers.
    A therapist trained to work with problem gamblers will help you pinpoint your gambling triggers, which may include stress, anxiety, boredom, or loneliness. Be alert to their appearance in day-to-day life, and take action by coping with them in a healthier way. For example, if you feel stress, find a healthy outlet like exercise.
  • Don’t neglect your emotional health.
    Problem gambling impacts every facet of life, from your relationships to your bank account. Even if you’ve committed to changing your life, you may be dealing with the consequences of gambling for years to come—and that can create the stress, anxiety, and fear that threaten recovery. Take care of your emotional health in a way that works for you, whether that’s talking with a therapist, starting a journal, or taking up a creative activity, like painting.
  • Do get a handle on finances.
    It takes time to rebuild financial resources lost to problem gambling. Consult a nonprofit debt counseling service to assess your money situation and create a plan for financial recovery. Support your new gambling-free lifestyle by committing to a budget and making lifestyle changes that save money.
  • Don’t keep your recovery a secret from those you love.
    Explain problem gambling, which is often misunderstood as a lack of willpower, to loved ones and let them know their support is important to your recovery.  Since problem gambling tends to fracture relationships, seek out family therapy to help begin the healing process.
  • Do make lifestyle changes that support recovery.
    Some changes may be financial. For example, you might restrict your access to cash by having a partner exclusively handle household finances. Other changes may focus on the people with whom you spend time. If you have friends who regularly gamble, it will be healthier for you to cut back or eliminate the time you spend with them.

For additional gambling recovery resources in Lancaster or Lebanon, contact Compass Mark at 717-299-2831 or use the Compulsive Gambling Help Form.




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