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Steev
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“I want to stop but I don’t know how.”
The four steps that I recommend are: 1) Lose access to gambling – ban or block yourself from gambling places or websites – there is information on blockers under information on this site – or check other posts in this forum. 2) Lose access to finance. Easier if you have a trusted family member or close friend that can take over this for you for a while. If you are on your own, more tricky – but again if you read through this forum you will find some ideas. 3) Keep busy with other things (non gambling) that interest you. Yes anything as long as it is non gambling or addictive in another way (no point in trading one addiction for another!) 4) Get as much support as possible. There are lots of on-line meetings at the moment – from Gamblers’ Anonymous, through to SMART recovery and facebook groups. There are probably local options as well (I don’t know which country you are in.) There are the groups on here – click on the link to see what times suit you.
All this will help you to stop. Staying stopped is another matter! I wish you well.