What is addiction ?Addiction is a physical and psychological inability to stop an activity even when it is causing mental, psychological and social harm. For example gambling is an activity that can lead to serious addiction problem. Gambling is the activity where you pledge a certain amount of money or property on an event that does not have a certain outcome with the intent of winning much more money or property. Gambling addiction is also known as gambling disorder or impulse gambling, this is where you cannot control your gambling activities to a point where you gamble every time no matter the situation, whether you are broke or not. This is the most prevalent addiction problem all over the world in modern society and it can happen to anyone from all walks of life.
Here are some of the signs that will help you know that you have a gambling addiction;
When you find yourself gambling secretively and at the same time lie to other people about how much you gamble, when you find yourself gambling every time with everything you have including money for paying bills, school fee and other necessities,
When your close friends, relatives and loved ones raise concern on your gambling, when you take part in gambling activities so as to avoid or tend to forget your problems and it is the only thing you prioritise in your life.
When you discover these signs, you should now start the process of avoiding this gambling addiction.Overcoming the gambling addiction is not an easy process to take, it starts with a firm decision to do so. It is always advisable to seek help from experts who help people overcome this addiction, you can also seek support from people who know well how to help you for example your family and friends. You can also seek alternatives to gambling for example if gambling is the way of soothing your mind when bored or after having a stressful day at work, you can seek an alternatives to sooth yourself through activities such as exercising and interacting with friends who are free from betting. Setting goals is another thing that will help you quit betting since it will keep you focused on achieving the goals, it will also instil the fear of losing money in you thus this fear will help keep you from risking your money on gambling. It is also advisable that you limit your access to money, this will help you use the money at hand on important things rather than gambling.
Overcoming gambling addiction is a process that requires a lot of concentration and commitment. In short, when you have the urge to gamble, always find a quick way of distracting the urge, find alternative hobbies and build your relationship with people who do not gamble since you can spend time with them with the aim of keeping off the idea of gambling. Even when you are alone and you feel the urge you can call someone and avoid the topic of gambling.