How Do You Initiate Recovery from Gambling Addiction?

February 8, 2024 Kevin Anyango

Knowing how to initiate recovery from gambling addiction is hard. The internal struggle of wanting to break free from the grasp of compulsive gambling while feeling unsure about where to start can be overwhelming. I have been there, struggling with the yearning for change but feeling paralyzed by the enormity of the task of initiating my recovery from gambling addiction.

For the longest time, I didn't know how to quit gambling, even though it drained me. Gambling had become my identity. It was the first thing I saw when I woke up and the last thing I saw before bed. I knew it was an issue, but it was so difficult for me to come to terms with the fact that I had to part with something that I loved and defined who I was. Today, I'll be sharing insights on where to start when initiating compulsive gambling recovery.

How I Initiated My Recovery from Compulsive Gambling

Recognizing the grip of compulsive gambling -- Acknowledging the need for help is the first step in initiating recovery from compulsive gambling. For me, recognizing that my gambling habits had become compulsive opened the door to change. I knew I needed to do something, so I sought the right resources.

Building support networks for compulsive gambling recovery -- Reaching out to loved ones is crucial in overcoming compulsive gambling. I know talking to someone about your struggles can be challenging. I wondered whether my family and friends would listen and not blame me. But I gave them a chance. Sharing my struggles with someone I trusted not only relieved some of the burden but also created a network of understanding and encouragement that became an anchor in my recovery.

Exploring professional help for compulsive gambling -- Considering support groups and professional help for gambling addiction is essential in initiating recovery from compulsive gambling. Support groups offer a sense of community and shared experience. They make the journey less isolated as you connect with others facing similar challenges. Additionally, self-exclusion from gambling venues and seeking professional counseling or therapy can greatly aid in overcoming compulsive gambling.

Remember, seeking help is not a sign of weakness but strength and self-compassion. You are not alone in this journey of a life free from the shackles of compulsive gambling. It is within reach.

APA Reference
Anyango, K. (2024, February 8). How Do You Initiate Recovery from Gambling Addiction?, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, June 22 from

Author: Kevin Anyango

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