Gambling may be an entertainment, but if people lose their control in betting, they may already suffer from pathological gambling. It is common for people with pathological gambling to have difficulty in reducing their betting. Very often, they spend more money than they can afford on gambling. Some of them may even involve in stealing. In many cases, they will eventually spend less time on work and family life.
It is difficult to prevent this disorder for gamblers, so the best way is to stay away from gambling.
Tips for combating pathological gambling
- Set up a goal in giving up gambling
- Seek for help from your family members and friends, asking them to help you in reaching your goal
- Join some social activities and develop some hobbies
- Avoid situations that trigger your gambling
If you find that gambling is seriously affecting your normal life, you should seek for advice from a psychologist or doctor. Early treatment can prevent the possible financial and family problems.
In addition to medication and psychotherapy, self-help group is an effective way in dealing with pathological gambling.