Holiday Tips for Gambling Recovery

Celebrating the Holidays while Managing Gambling Urges 


The holiday season is here, and for many of us that invokes positive memories and feelings. However, it can also be a particularly challenging time if you're struggling with a gambling addiction.

In this blog, we'll explore practical and effective ways to help you navigate this time of year while keeping your progress intact. Whether you're looking for ways to avoid triggers or looking for support, you'll find helpful insights and tips here.

Your Journey

First and foremost, it's important to acknowledge the journey you have been on. Overcoming gambling problems is a significant achievement, and you should be proud of the progress you have made. This holiday season, remind yourself of how far you have come despite all the obstacles you have faced.

Planning Ahead

One of the best strategies to handle potential triggers is to plan ahead: anticipate situations that might be challenging and devise strategies to address them. It could be rehearsing a polite “no” to gambling invitations or being open about these challenges with someone supportive so they are on hand to help.

Block Unwanted Gambling Marketing Emails

Keeping your inbox free from gambling emails is a big step in avoiding gambling temptations. Whether it's through unsubscribing, using spam filters, reporting to authorities, or even starting with a brand new email address, each action you take helps in building a safer, more controlled digital environment. Find out more about how to block gambling emails here -

Blocking Gambling Ads

Seeing gambling ads on the internet can be frustrating when trying to quit. While Gamban doesn’t stop these appearing, there are many options out there to help limit or block gambling ads altogether. Read how to block gambling ads here -

Keeping Busy

Many find themselves gambling in their downtime, with boredom often being a trigger. What other ways would you rather spend your time? Rekindling an old hobby? Taking up a new one? Spending time with family and friends? Fill your calendar with engaging, fulfilling activities that you enjoy. Make use of calendar apps to ensure your days are planned sufficiently.

Connect with Loved Ones

It's a time to surround yourself with the family and friends who understand and support the positive step you have taken. Have conversations, play board games, watch movies together or take them out for a meal with the money you’ve saved by not gambling.

Getting Support

Don't hesitate to reach out for help or join a support group if you feel overwhelmed. Professionals are there to help you navigate through tough times. If you're not sure where to start, our Get Help page offers a wide range of support options to guide you -

Reflect and Appreciate

During the holiday season, it's a good idea to take a moment each day to think about what you're thankful for and what you like about yourself. Some people like to write this down in a journal or in a notes app. This simple act of gratitude helps change your perspective, so instead of dwelling on negatives about yourself or anything you might feel is lacking, you focus on everything you already have in your life and think positively about yourself. It's a small, easy step that can make a big difference.

Set Boundaries

It's okay to say no. Setting boundaries is not just important for your recovery, it's necessary for your well-being. Decline invitations or activities that might lead to temptation.

Celebrate Small Victories

Every day you stay on track is a victory. Celebrate these moments. They are reminders of the positive change you have made that will lead to a better life and improved well-being.

As we wrap up 2023, we sincerely hope that the tips and suggestions in this blog will give you some guidance during the holiday season. Remember, taking preventive measures like installing Gamban on all your devices can provide an additional layer of protection against gambling temptation.


Happy Holidays, 

From the Gamban Team

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