Making your decision is the easy part. When you're in crisis, it's an obvious thing to want to give up gambling. But you need to commit to it for the long haul.
With any decision you make, its impact is in the future. You're still reaping the rewards - or disadvantages - of decisions you made months and years ago.
The rewards from giving up gambling will come. You need to give your decision time. You can't expect instant results, but you can expect results, and these will grow over time.
MAKING IT EASIER FOR YOURSELF
You also need to find ways to make it easy and automatic to stick to your decision. There are some ideas below - whether you've been gambling in person, or online, or both.
- Exclude yourself from all premises. Do this for bookmakers by calling 0800 294 2060. This is a line that has been set up by the gambling industry, to make it easier for you.
- You can also exclude yourself from casinos here
- When you are out, leave your debit / credit card at home and only take the cash you need. Don't carry more money than you need.
- Change your advert settings on Facebook and Google, or other similar websites you use, so you aren't tempted by gambling adverts
- Get someone to set your account filters to light control on your wi-fi, and ask them to keep the password. This way gambling sites will be blocked, but if you need anything specific unblocked, they can unblock it for you.
- Delete all gambling apps from your phone and tablet
- Use blocking software especially designed for gambling, such as the free option Gamban, or paid options such as Gamblock or Betfilter.
- Ask someone else to keep you accountable by looking through your bank statements with you regularly.
To recap, find ways to make it easy and automatic to stick to your decision. Also remember that you need to give the decision time. You won't get instant results. But you will see progress.