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How to Overcome a Gambling Addiction

How to overcome a gambling addiction:  Living a gamble free life after being in a 30 day treatment facility can be a challenge.  The following story depicts a former patient’s day and how to really work a 12 step program.  It chronicles a fairly typical story of recovery after receiving gambling treatment in VA, but really applies to everyone.

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Throwing your money away

How to Overcome a Gambling Addiction:Throwing your money away.

Ugh, it’s 4:30 am and the alarm is going off.  Why is this former patient getting up so early when he does not have to be to work until 8:30 am?  Well, it’s part of the routine and part of the process on how to overcome a gambling addiction.  After he leans over to shut that blaring alarm clock off, he slowly crawls out of bed to find his slippers which happen to be just under the bed.  Before grabbing them, he takes a moment to get on his knees and ask a power greater than himself to help him not gamble just for today.

Next he heads down to brew some coffee and make his lunch for the day.  After catching up on the local news for an hour or so, it’s time to get ready for the day…shower, shave and brush his teeth.  6:15 am he leaves the house to head to a morning 12 step meeting.  The meeting doesn’t begin until 6:45 am but it was suggested that he get there early to help set up the meeting and mingle with some GA folk.

How to Overcome a Gambling Addiction: It Takes Work!

After the meeting he hangs around for a bit to chat with his sponsor.  He is frustrated with a co-worker and venting to his sponsor is a healthy and new way of living.  His sponsor reassures him that he is there to support him.  He tells him “no matter what happens today, just don’t gamble or hurt another human being.”  “If you do those things you will be okay!”

Oddly enough, work turns out to be pretty uneventful.  On the way home he is triggered by a lottery billboard and begins romanticizing about gambling.  But he knows what to do.  He thinks the idea through and realizes all the negative consequences that will occur if he makes that choice.  Home at last.  But the earlier thoughts have come back.  So he decides it’s time to ask for help and to call his sponsor to break these reoccurring thoughts.  That is what he was told after receiving gambling treatment in VA.  After a long a supportive conversation he plans to meet his sponsor and attend yet another 12 step meeting.

The meeting is inspirational and the suggestions he has heard from attending meetings on a regular basis have worked again!  Arriving at home he heads up to turn in for the night.  One more thing though to do before hitting the sack.  He gets down on his knees and thanks his higher power for helping him to stay away from that first bet. Another successful day in the books on how to overcome a gambling addiction.

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