Making sure to see whether your gambling habits are ok or problematic is crucial, because everything else you should or shouldn’t do depends on it. Gambling addiction influences pretty much all aspects of life, which is why its symptoms cover a wide range of areas, ranging from small psychological changes to possibly committing illegal acts to finance gambling.
If you want to learn more about all symptoms of problem gambling and find out how to diagnose it, read our article on problem gambling symptoms and diagnosis.
How to overcome problem gambling
The way to overcome problem gambling is usually to stop gambling altogether. However, that’s easier said than done. Once gambling develops into a serious issue, it’s often not as easy as just deciding to stop. That’s why “problem gambling” is also known as “gambling addiction”, and it really is just that – an addiction.
Some problem gamblers manage to overcome this issue on their own, through limiting their access to gambling, learning to cope with inevitable urges to gamble and utilizing various self-help practices that help them reach their goal. However, it’s often not the best idea to fight this battle alone. There are close people, help lines, support groups, therapies and rehabs that can help people overcome problem gambling, even in cases in which a person wouldn’t be able to do it on their own.
You can learn more about all of the forms of help mentioned above in our separate article on how to overcome problem gambling.
Responsible gambling practices
Online casinos need to provide their players with ways to limit their gambling habits, using various tools like self-exclusions, deposit limits, bet size limits and many others. Apart from these, there are also other tools offered not by casinos, but by countries, casino licensing authorities and other third parties, which might be useful as well.
If you feel like you are gambling too much and these tools might help, feel free to use them and see whether they are effective or not. We think that they are helpful, however, they can’t “beat” gambling addiction by themselves. It’s important to keep that in mind.
Learn more about all responsible gambling tools offered by casinos, countries, licensing authorities and other entities in our separate article on responsible gambling.
Where to look for help
Because problem gambling is such a serious issue, there are many organisations dedicated to helping people overcome their problematic habits. We’ve put together a list of helpful links to international and local organisations that can provide you with help and assistance in your journey to recovery.