The following depicts one addicts experience and how he overcame his gambling addiction. He woke up in the hotel of the casino. As he leaned over he spots several ATM receipts on the nearby coffee table. He did not know exactly how much money he had gambled away the night before. Picking through each receipt, he starts adding checking account receipts and cash advance receipts from his credit card. Before long he realizes he had gambled away over $4000.00. “I did it again!” he exclaimed. Sadly, this is a typical story of many people who gamble excessively. A recent article discusses the alarming amount of money Americans gamble away each year.
The answer was clear, he needed treatment for his addiction. He was ready to stop the madness. By attending a 30-day inpatient program this gambling addict learned the most effective, treasured tools on how to cure a gambling addiction. Some of the tools suggested were to attend ninety 12-step meetings in ninety days, get a sponsor (and call that sponsor regularly), get a home group and become active in the program by making coffee or helping to set up chairs before the meeting.
No Matter What, Just Don’t Make That First Bet!
Other recommendations that people gave to him were to take it one day at a time and to think the first bet through (in other words what will all the negative consequences be if I choose to gamble). Finally, he was told to work the 12-steps, pray, talk to someone if he was having thoughts about gambling, and most importantly, no matter what, just don’t make that first bet!
How to cure a gambling addiction was what he learned when he chose to seek help. Now, he no longer had to wake up and wonder how much money he had spent the night before. He would not have that hopeless feeling he had experienced so many times. He was on the road to recovery! This was the best decision this gambling addict ever made. It enabled him to not gamble one day at a time.