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That your gambling addiction is kind of like mine – it comes and goes… However, you confessing and asking for help is a big step in your recovery, and it may lead to the change you seek if you are committed

My first advice is to set up barriers for whenever the urges to gamble return. I’m sure that you know the most common barriers if you have been reading the forum.

Secondly, I would suggest you to reflect deeply on your reasons for gambling, what has triggered your gambling in the past, was it for money, was it because of boredom, do you have unresolved issues from your childhood, etc.. For instance, I gamble to escape my fears and my stress (obviously they can come in many forms, which leaves the question on how to combat that pattern?). Each type of fear and stress for me can have different solutions, but I will, to the best of my ability, not let them grow too big to the point where I act negatively on them. This is a really experimental phase with loads of trial and error. So, in the past, I have gambled because of money, not because I needed it, but because I felt it could validate my worth. Realizing money was a trigger for me, I decided to put less value on money – I shouldn’t need money to feel good about myself. And so, I rid my room and my dresser for any excess junk and only left myself the essentials. I cut down my spending A LOT and now live a very minimalistic lifestyle. The result is that I don’t think about money, I don’t stress about it at all, it’s just a means to an end.

I hope you can make sense of anything of the above, It was just a quick response. Good luck with your recovery.

– Chris