This is the next section of my series on how to stop gambling tips. Just to review the first 3 tips.
Stop Gambling Tip #1: Admit that you have a gambling problem first, and make the decision to want to stop gambling.
Stop Gambling Tip #2: Make a decision each morning that you will not gamble that day. Remember, you have decided to stop gambling, and each morning you need to remind yourself of this.
Stop Gambling Tip #3: Plan out your day, in 15 minute increments if you have to. Stick to your schedule rigidly. Make sure all waking hours are covered.
In stop gambling tip #4, you want to look into a support group that will assist you in your decision to quit gambling. Gamblers Anonymous is a good place to start, and there will most likely be at least a few Gamblers Anonymous groups in your nearby area.Why would you need a support group to help you stop gambling? For one, many of the Gamblers Anonymous veterans have learned how to stop gambling over time, and are living proof that life is better after you quit gambling.
Secondly, many people benefit from a group setting and can help themselves better with the support of a group. Although stopping gambling can be done alone through a strong conviction and good self-help program, group support can be a welcome addition to your treatment plan.
Thirdly, there is accountability to others besides yourself after you join a Gamblers Anonymous 12 Step program. You will know that if you go back to gambling after you quit gambling that you will need to let your group members know. This can deter you from a gambling addiction relapse because you will not only not want to dissapoint yourself, but disappoint the group as well.
I need to state, however, that if you return to gambling after you stop gambling that the Gamblers Anonymous support group is still very accepting of you when you come back to a meeting.
This 12 step group does not encourage a return to gambling, however, the group members want you go go back to a meeting without feeling judged so you can continue in your mission to quit gambling.
Group support is truly important as a tip in how to stop gambling. Remember that self-help as well as group help is really a powerful combination and should definitely be considered as one of your solutions to stop gambling.