How to Quit Gambling for Good: This former patient learned one of the most important tools to utilize. How often does someone go into treatment and shortly after leaving they are gambling again? This is unfortunately a common experience for many people who have sought treatment. One very simple key idea to prevent a relapse is to “think the first bet through!”
For an addict thinking about gambling is a normal occurrence. All humans are bombarded throughout the day with literally thousands of thoughts. For a gambling addict many of these thoughts will create an internal battle in their heads. So people often suggest that when this occurs to truly think the first bet through. For example this former patient put this task to work when she was experiencing this internal struggle. If I choose to gamble, it may provide temporary relief but beyond that there are many negative consequences that will inevitably occur.
Once she made that first bet, gambling leads to nothing but problems. These are the negative consequences that will happen if she does not think the first bet through. First she begins letting her family and friends down after they supported her throughout her treatment. Then she will not be able to keep commitments and she will begin to make careless decisions such. Bad decisions such as withdrawing money needed for other basic living needs, and she will lie and say things that she will later regret.
A recent story points out the epidemic of gambling in our society and the effects on the brain. This patient is grateful to have gotten help for her gambling addiction and often utilizes one of the various tools to help her quit gambling for good . Now when she is alone and contemplating a bet she often remembers what she was taught in that treatment center…”think the first bet through because if you don’t there will be terrible consequences!”