Post-addiction recovery

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We know there are lots of challenges faced by those recovering from gambling addiction. Recovery is a journey with its own set of questions and uncertainties. And on your post-addiction recovery, we’re sure you have some too.

Whether you’re a former gambler or a loved one seeking understanding, our comprehensive FAQ is tailored to guide you through the complexities of post-addiction life.

From managing triggers to rebuilding finances, we actively address your most pressing concerns. Stay informed, empowered and on the path to a brighter, gamble-free future.

Frequently asked questions: post-addiction recovery for former gamblers


Is recovery from gambling addiction possible?

Although it might seem impossible at the start of your journey, recovery certainly is possible. Many former gamblers lead healthy, gamble-free lives post-addiction.

How long does recovery take?

Recovery varies for everyone. Even though it’s cliché to say it, it’s a lifelong journey, not a destination.

What are common triggers for relapse?

Common triggers include stress, financial worries and exposure to gambling environments and even ads.

How can I avoid these triggers?

Avoid gambling venues. Limit your exposure to gambling advertisements. And seek support from both your friends and professionals.

Are there support groups for recovering gamblers?

Yes, many groups exist. For example, Gamblers Anonymous is one of the most famous and they are present all over the world.

Do I need professional counseling?

Many people find counseling beneficial. However, this is a personal decision. Be honest and evaluate your needs. And know that getting counselling can increase your chances of success.

How can I rebuild my finances?

This is also a long post-addiction recovery journey for many. Many former gamblers find their financial affairs in tatters. But firstly, you need to create a budget. Assess your situation and pay debts off gradually, at a rate you can afford. It also might be a good idea to seek financial counseling.

Will my urge to gamble ever go away completely?

It really depends on the person. For some people, their urges decrease and even disappear over time. Meanwhile, other former gamblers might experience urges after their post-addiction recovery. Try to utilize some smart coping strategies.

Is it ever okay to gamble after recovery?

It’s risky. Even small bets can trigger a relapse. Therefore, we think you should avoid it at all costs.

Can I ever go into a casino again?

Even if you’re just going to a casino for entertainment and don’t intend to gamble, it’s not advised to go into a gambling environment like that. Even just being there can rekindle old habits.

How do I handle a relapse?

Seek support immediately. And remember, this is a setback, it’s not a failure. Recommit to recovery and learn from this bump in the road.

Do you think you have a gambling problem?

This article is all about post-addiction recovery. However, for some of you, you might still be in the throws of addiction. As we’ve indicated before, professional support is almost always the way to go for those trying to break an addiction cycle.

There are organizations all over the world that can help. For example, in the United States you can reach out to the National Council for Problem Gambling and in the United Kingdom, there’s Be Gamble Aware. Both organizations have lots of online resources, as well as details for places where you can get the support you need to stop gambling.

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