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Make new habits

... with your money

Money is important to gamblers, not least because it represents winning, success, good times.

It is likely that you have less money than you should have, due to gambling. If you bury your head in the sand and ignore money worries, you will be more likely to fail. It is hard but you need to be able to have a financial plan to enable you to live the life you want to live. 

Here are some ideas:

  • Ask someone trusted to help you with managing your money
  • Tell family and friends not to lend you money
  • Don't carry cash with you
  • Consider short term measures such as someone holding your debit and credit cards for a while
  • Arrange with your bank for a lower withdrawal limit from ATMs 
  • Arrange for important bills to be paid on the day your wages go in, to reduce temptation
  • It might be worth taking on extra work, or a second job. This might help you get more money, and also occupy your time more so you don't have time for gambling.
  • Every day, save up the money you would have spent gambling into a jar or account for you to use on something you really want to buy or do
  • Draw up a budget for your household spending

You may even have gone into serious debt. Good sources of advice and help with debt are: 

  • StepChange - who have an online 20 minute free debt advice, and a national helpline - 0800 138 1111 .
  • CAP - an award-winning debt charity which has 200 centres nationwide. 

... with your relationships

Gambling often affects relationships either because of the money being spent, or because the gambler has been hiding their problem and lying about the extent of their gambling.  Good sources of support are: 

... with your time

You may find you have a lot more time on your hands. This may have been a cause of your gambling in the first place. It is important to make new habits of how you use your time. Do you need to prioritise time with your partner or children? Have you got a hobby?

We would suggest that if you need a hobby you could apply these criteria:

  • Is it constructive to your (or others) physical or mental health?
  • Is it social in some way?
  • Does it require a long term commitment?
  • Does it contribute to society in terms of usefulness or entertainment?