How to Overcome a Gambling Addiction


Gambling is the wagering of something of value on a random event with the intention of winning money or some other item of value. The term includes games of chance as well as skill-based games like poker or chess where the outcome is dependent upon the player’s knowledge and experience.

Generally, people gamble for social or entertainment reasons. Some people may feel they have a “natural” gambling ability while others find the experience stimulating, even addictive. There are also some people who gamble for financial gain; they believe that if they can make a lot of money in one go, they will be able to take care of their family and other needs.

There are several ways to overcome a gambling addiction. Seeking professional help is important; counseling can help you understand your gambling behavior and how it affects you, your family, and your relationships. Counseling can also address any underlying mood disorders such as depression or anxiety that may contribute to gambling addiction and compulsive gambling.

Another key to overcoming a gambling addiction is to change the way you think about the activity. Realize that gambling is a form of entertainment, and should be viewed as a cost of that entertainment, just as you might pay for tickets to a movie or an expensive restaurant meal. Also, remember that all games of chance are based on luck, so you are not guaranteed to win every time, and that there is always a risk of losing money or other valuable items.