While online gambling - and gambling in general - is, in a nutshell, a game, it’s also one that a) is played with real money and b) should be under control at all times. The truth is gambling addiction is as real as the online slots you enjoy spinning, so at the first signs of losing your grip on reality, you should take a break. Have you ever felt like you couldn’t stop gambling? Do you ever fear for your wellbeing? Today we’re presenting you with 7 questions you can ask yourselves to determine if you’re approaching the territory of problem gambling and if it’s time to say ‘enough’.
How to Determine if You Have a Problem with Gambling
The most difficult part is facing the cold hard facts and being honest with yourself. If you still haven’t managed to ask yourself the difficult questions, perhaps it’s time. So, without further ado, here are seven straightforward questions you should ask yourself right now to check whether you’re still completely ‘clean’ or if it’s maybe time for taking a break from gambling.
- Have you ever played for money to finance unpaid debt or bills?
- When you lose a game, do you then feel the need to continue with a new game to try to win the money back?
- After winning a lot of money, have you had a major need to gamble repeatedly in the hours and days following the win?
- Have you ever sold or pawned personal belongings to get money for gambling?
- Do you feel reluctant to spend money on everyday costs, such as food, clothes, water etc. because you think the money should be spent on gambling instead?
- Do you often play for much longer than you'd planned?
- Do you use gambling for money as a way to 'reward' yourself?
If you’ve caught yourself answering ‘yes’ to the majority of these questions, our most heartfelt advice is to admit to yourself that it’s time to step away.
Put Limits on Your Gambling
Like we said, being honest with yourself is definitely the first step. You’re not superhuman; you’re human and you have limitations. And that is all right.
While you may lack some self-discipline overall, there are handy ways to take control of your gambling habits.
One – make sure money’s not readily available to you. If you don’t trust yourself to do it, ask someone close to you to be in charge of your finances.
Two – self-exclude yourself from online casinos you frequent. Self-exclusion is a nifty tool most casinos will have at your disposal wherein you can pick a timeframe during which you won’t be able to gamble or even access your account. This self-exclusion (or termination) period can last up to a year!
Self-exclude yourself from online casinos, track your success and return to hobbies you used to engage in.
Three – track your success! Mark every day you stayed clear of gambling and be proud of yourself. You are doing great.
Four – surround yourself with people and things you love or used to engage in before gambling became your number one priority. Hobbies, sports, activities. Staying active is of paramount importance.
Five – be patient. It won’t be easy, it won’t be quick, but it can be done. More importantly, you can do it. We know you can. Good luck! And if you have any further questions or concerns, don’t be shy – hit us up at our forum, we’re here for you!