Stopping gambling.

How to stop gambling.


The counselling works towards the client altering their belief pattern around gambling. Although gambling often has a negative financial  problem result, the reasons why people gamble are always complicated. The reasons are rarely only a desire to 'make easy money'. Counselling works to understand what are the real reasons why a person is gambling, then work towards bringing alternatives to those reasons to change the gambling behaviors and beliefs.


Understanding the situation.

Gamblers avoid reality. The reality is that all gambling situations are designed for the industry to 'have the odds'; otherwise the industry would quickly fail. The counselling encourages clients to understand the reality of their current and past situations. Many clients resist knowing, or acknowledging to themselves, that reality.


Motivation.

Change requires motivation.Those may be a desire to maintain a relationship, a business relationship, or a level of standard in life. Counselling can develop those necessary motivations.

Motivations are the important phases of the change process. If the motivation to not gamble is higher than the motivation to gamble, then a person will not gamble. The counselling will enable clients to identify, amplify and work with the motivations which will work with that client. Each person is different, for them to understand and use their own motivations may be a challenge.


Changing habits.

Gambling is a habit. Habits can be changed. An example for many people is the way that they fold their arms. Changing the manner in which a person changes their arms can sometimes be difficult or strange, however it is only a habit.


Maintaining changing to life.

After 'changing to stop gambling', life will be different. Family life will be different, company and business life will be different, financial life will be different. There may be feelings or actual relapses, they can be handled if the client wants to. Those changes will feel strange; counselling will 'hold' the client during those changes, until a new normality is established.


Understanding how people are tempted to gamble.

If people understand how they are being tempted, or manipulated, towards gambling they are more prepared to resist that manipulation.


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