Compulsive Gambling can in itself be isolating. We gamble alone, we have money issues so we can’t afford to socialise etc. Isolation is not good for a compulsive gambler, in recovery I would always advise against it.
Now though many of us might not have much choice. This virus thing is getting serious. Those with underlying health issues are likely to be asked to self-isolate or socially distance themselves. Possibly for several weeks, maybe even months.
If this is likely to apply to you, it does to me, then plan for it. No I’m not talking about all the madness of stockpiling toilet rolls! Im talking about getting in some good books, magazines, crossword/suduko puzzle books, jig saw puzzles, maybe art/craft materials. Subscribe to Netflix or Amazon etc I’m getting in stuff for a few gardening projects. I might even start that novel I have always thought/talked about. We all have our own interests, make plans accordingly.
Barriers are going to be very important as well. Get that blocker for your devices. Make sure you can’t use your credit/debit cards to gamble online. If you are a sports gambler then the good news is that there might not be much sport for a while! Don’t let your addiction tempt you with another form though.
Don’t just wait for it to happen – plan for it. Like anything else in recovery, if we plan for it we are better placed to deal with it.
Stay safe in every sense of the word.