Hello and Welcome Recovery Friends and Visitors,
STELIANOS CANALLATOS ~ Prevention Specialist
Meet my dear friend Stelianos who runs the very helpful resources blog called “KNOW The ODDS” and we have been connected and meet some years ago on Twitter and I have been a huge supporter ever since! He is as passionate as I am to bring Problem Gambling and Addicted Gambling out of the shadows and start the conversation about this disease that is now touching 2.6% of our population currently.
I wanted to share an informative post that speaks to those who are being touched gambling and the negative impact it also having now on our teens and college-age young adults too. So it’s time to UNSILENCE a Silent Addiction in 2019 and Talk About It!
Never be ashamed or embarrassed to reach out for help from this disease. There is help and hope, you are not alone, and treatment options are beginning to increase and many are confidential …
So let’s read more about this in this guest article share by “Know The Odds” … ~Advocate/Author, Catherine Lyon
A New Year’s resolution to get help for problem gambling is a great way to start the year and a new chapter in your life.
Problems from Gambling
Problems from gambling can feel overwhelming. These problems extend far beyond the weekly struggle with income. Some problems from gambling can include:
- Financial debt;
- Struggles in a marriage;
- Difficulty managing positive relationships with children;
- Anxiety about seeing loved ones.
It’s important to know that you are not alone. You are not the only one holding onto gambling debt, not the only one struggling with feelings like frustration and sadness due to gambling, and not the only one who may need additional help. Plus, the good news is that help is quickly becoming more available.
Why A Resolution To Seek Help?
Getting help for your problem gambling can only make your life better. Below are some great reasons to follow your New Years resolution to get help for problem gambling.
Relationships: Many people who struggle with gambling find that they also have problems in many of their relationships. They may have struggles in their marriage. They may find difficulty in their relationships with their children or feel anxiety when seeing loved ones. There are ways to learn how to manage your emotions and learn the steps necessary to rebuild all these important relationships.
Finances: Getting help with finances might be another reason why help is so important. Many people struggling with problem gambling find themselves in a large amount of debt. That debt can feel overwhelming, and just the thought of it could feed that feeling. There are many professionals that are ready to help you take the steps necessary to get your financial health back on a positive path.
Employment: Many people struggling with problem gambling have problems with their employment. Whether they’ve lost employment due to problems with gambling or just found that they are struggling with their performance at their job, there is help available. By seeking support in your recovery from problem gambling, you can learn how to improve your job experience while also learning to manage your life in recovery from problem gambling.
The path to a life free of problems from gambling may be difficult, but there is help to make that path easier. Help can include treatment from a trained clinician, support from peers through a fellowship organization like Gamblers Anonymous, or inpatient treatment for those that need to take a break to get their life back on track.
Steps to Getting Help for Problem Gambling
Step 1: Realizing that gambling may be causing problems in your life. There is a list of warning signs of problem gambling, which can help you identify if your gambling behaviors are causing problems in your life. If it seems like gambling is causing problems, it may be time to reach out for help.
Step 2: Reaching out for help is getting easier than ever. With Problem Gambling Resource Centers opening across the state, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with the best professional assistance for those struggling with problem gambling available. To reach your local PGRC, visit …
We wish you the best of luck on your resolution of recovery from problem gambling. Hopefully, the New Year will be a new chapter in your life full of hope and happiness. Happy New Year!