How to stop gambling?

Quitting gambling is a tough decision to make that requires you to be ready to change your lifestyle. Relying on the benefits generated by this change and evaluating their benefits can be a real driving force in the beginning of your quitting process. However, such a turnaround in your life presupposes that you take the measure of what this decision will cause and that you prepare for it.


First, you need to mourn the lost money. Most often, despite the losses, a player is convinced that only the game will be able to solve his financial problems and allow him to recover the money spent. By stopping gambling, you give up the hope of getting rich through gambling. Therefore, gambling should no longer be a way for you to earn money.

It is also important to avoid situations that are difficult to manage, often linked to places or people related to gambling. You will also need to be ready to stop playing all types of gambling in order to maintain, at least for a time, no more connection with the game, whatever it is.

Finally, to help you start this shutdown, if you play on the Internet, you have the option of closing your gaming accounts directly on the sites you frequent. You can also put in place protective measures by resorting to voluntary prohibition of gambling or self-exclusion procedures and thus be prohibited from entering games or casinos.

Stopping your gambling will force you to give up a number of things that have ruled your life until then.


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Quitting gambling can leave a big void in your life. You could quickly feel lost and bored. That’s why it’s important that you spend your time differently by taking up new activities or thinking about hobbies that you enjoyed in the past and gave up because of gambling. Gradually resuming an activity or making plans will help to enrich and occupy your free time. Restoring a piece of furniture, renovating your interior, going out with friends, or planning your future vacation are opportunities that will allow you to occupy your mind.

However, be careful not to fall into “activism”, by having a very sustained activity and by striving to fill every unoccupied moment. Moments of boredom are important and contribute to having a balanced life.

Your practice of gambling and the constraints it implied may have harmed your balance in life. By trying to adopt a regular and stable rhythm, you will be able to rehabilitate forgotten markers for the benefit of the game. In this perspective, you can start by trying to respect fixed schedules, which can be a way of structuring your days differently: you going to bed and getting up at set times, having balanced meals at regular times, or even making meals a moment to share with the family, can lead you to find a balance in your life, hitherto neglected.


It can be useful to talk about your concerns so as not to be left alone with them and to be able to find, if necessary, support and listening in those around you. However, it has to make sense to you. You can completely reconnect with those around you without necessarily talking about it. However, and when possible, working together to resolve difficulties strengthens relationships.

The stop is built day after day and each day without playing is to be considered as a new victory on which you must build. Stopping gambling is a difficult step to take, but it will allow you to gradually improve the way you look at yourself, your relationship with your loved ones and your financial situation. Even if your motivation is decisive in the quitting process, it is important that you are not alone. Specialized centers in which professionals will listen to you and which you can contact to find help exist. Consult the Useful Addresses section or the article “Get help”.

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