If you have sought gambling addiction treatment, you know how hard it is to avoid temptation. With online gambling, there is a potential opportunity to gamble 24/7. Between 50% – 75% of problem gamblers will relapse after attempting to quit. If you are feeling urges and craving to gamble again, please read our advice to continue your addiction recovery.
Triggers or stressors will vary depending on the individual. At the beginning of your gambling rehab or addiction treatment, take some time to think about which triggers are most likely to cause old habits to die hard. Some common triggers include:
- People - Try to avoid friends or family who gamble or may coax you into starting again.
- Places – Although online gambling is available everywhere, certain environments where you used to gamble can tempt you to repeat destructive patterns.
- Stress – Problems at work or at home may create a need to ‘solve’ the issue with gambling.
- Substance abuse – Drugs and alcohol can lower your inhibitions. Attempt to avoid both if you know they may impact your judgement and control.
- Identifying these triggers before you start your gambling detox programme will decrease the chance of a relapse.
Consider a residential rehab
Most relapses will occur in the first 40 days of gambling addiction treatment. Private residential rehabs are ideal for the first stages of recovery. Gambling rehabs are a safe environment and free from judgement. You will also meet individuals who are going through the same experience you are.
Creating healthy routines can help you manage your stress and prevent the risk of relapse. Make plans with loved ones, create a new exercise routine and avoid caffeine and other stress-inducing food and drink.
Create a support network
Ensure you have someone to call when you are fighting the urge to gamble. An understanding friend or loved one can help remind you how well you are doing and how far you have come. Don’t worry about calling too late or interrupting them - they will want to support you. If you feel you have no one suitable in your support network, you can call The Providence Projects for free help or advice at any time from our addiction counsellors.
Don’t give up if you do relapse
There is a Japanese proverb: “Fall seven times, get up eight”. It can be tempting to beat yourself up after a relapse. You feel all your hard work abstaining from gambling has gone to waste. But remember that a relapse is just one, small set-back to your recovery. Addiction recovery doesn’t happen overnight, and mistakes will happen. Accept it has happened and focus on tomorrow.
If you or a loved one would like more information about our gambling rehab, or addiction treatment, please call 0800 955 0945 today to speak to one of our certified addiction counsellors about The Providence Projects in Bournemouth.