Gambling treatment centers often take patients to twelve step meetings. There will be recovery phrases at these meetings that will be inspirational and yes, sometimes corny. But hopefully by attending meetings you will hear things that will motivate you to not gamble and feel good about yourself once again.
I once heard a Gamblers Anonymous member say the following phrase while attending a meeting with my patients; “My failures in active addiction were shouted into my ears while my accomplishments were whispered”. This is also very true for anyone early in recovery. The damage that compulsive gambling does to one’s self esteem is just devastating. A recent article discusses how easily gambling can become an addiction and ruin someone’s life.
Some phrases are simple yet so complicated at the same time. For example, “just don’t make that first bet and go to meetings”. Well, that sounds easy but there is a lot of time between the meetings and a lot of time to think about gambling. The point here is that in the beginning it is necessary to go to meetings daily. Sometimes, if someone has the time, they go to two or three meetings a day in early recovery. The other thing to note here is that if a person doesn’t gamble one day at a time he or she will get better. But if they are gambling in between meetings their mind, body and spirit will have no chance of healing.
By going on a regular basis, you will establish connections with people. One former patient attended GA meetings regularly and kept hearing one person who he greatly admired say, “If you just don’t bet, you will be okay!” He needed to hear that daily. The phrase stuck in his head throughout the day and gave him hope when he was having temptations. This is the type of connection that will help an addict live a gamble free life.
Another key phrase often said at meetings is, “in order to keep it, you have to give it away”. In other words by helping another compulsive gambler you will help yourself live without gambling. Maybe one day you will create your own catch phrase!