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#7423
charles
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Hi, I’m pretty sure this question got answered before. Unfortunately I think it was one of the threads that hasn’t transferred completely since the switchover to a new site. Hey ho, no problem – I can answer it again now. 🙂

First of all I personally don’t think an addiction can be “cured” anyway. If by “cured” you mean can an addict return to “normal” gambling then the answer would be no. However in the same way that an alcoholic can lead a life in sobriety we can also have a happy life without gambling.

Can we do this “without going to therapy”? Well again it depends what you mean. I am a Compulsive gambler and have never been to any sort of therapist, I’ve also not had a bet in a fairly long time now so the answer to your literal question is yes.

If you mean “Can we do it on our own?” Now that’s a different question. I certainly couldn’t. if someone is even looking at a site like this then they will almost certainly have tried to do it on their own first, equally without success or they wouldn’t be here. I tend to work on the basis that if we could do it on our own then we wouldn’t be in trouble in the first place. Luckily we don’t have to these days; there is lots of help available to us. This site and others, Gamblers Anonymous meetings, counselling, therapy, even residential support. I have in the past worked on the helpline here. The most important advice I could ever give anyone was to use the help that is available.