Feeling the urge to gamble is normal, but as you build healthier choices and a strong support network, resisting cravings will become easier. When a gambling craving strikes: Avoid isolation. Call a trusted family member, meet a friend for coffee, or go to a Gamblers Anonymous meeting.
Aside from that, how do you get someone to stop gambling?
Socialise with others. Spending time with others socialising can relieve stress. You don't need to talk about your concerns if you don't want to. Having time out to do things you like can stop you from getting consumed by someone else's gambling.
Again, where can gamblers go for help? Call (02) 9718 1955 to find out more and make an appointment. Legal help is also available to anyone who has a legal issue as a result of gambling. The NSW legal help team can provide free legal advice for gambling related matters or can take on your case.
Briefly, why is gambling an issue?
Gambling can stimulate the brain's reward system much like drugs or alcohol can, leading to addiction. If you have a problem with compulsive gambling, you may continually chase bets that lead to losses, hide your behavior, deplete savings, accumulate debt, or even resort to theft or fraud to support your addiction.
How do you tell someone they have a gambling problem?
Be honest about your addiction. You should be honest about your gambling addiction. Tell your partner about how you have gambled, debt you have accrued, and lengths you have gone to gamble. You may not want to reveal everything at once, but don't lie or try to hold things back.