Struggling with a Gambling Relapse? 

Tips and Support to Keep You on Track in Your Recovery Journey


Everyone on the path to recovery hits some bumps along the way. If you're grappling with a gambling addiction, you might often feel the urge to gamble, even knowing the consequences.
We know that overcoming gambling addiction can be difficult, and avoiding relapse is one of the biggest challenges. 

In this blog, we will explore why some people might fall back into old habits, help you spot the warning signs and share some tips and support to keep you on track in your recovery journey.

Understanding Gambling Relapses

When it comes to gambling addiction, a relapse means slipping back into gambling after some time away. Like any addiction, gambling can be challenging to overcome completely, and if you've had a setback, don't lose hope.

Causes of Gambling Relapses

Slipping back into gambling can be triggered by a mix of outside influences and our own feelings. Maybe it's money troubles, an argument with a loved one, or just passing by a gambling venue or seeing an ad that triggers an urge. On the other hand, feeling down, stressed out, or even just bored can nudge anyone toward old habits. So, for everyone on this recovery journey, it's important to stay alert, recognise your triggers, and have a plan.

Signs of Gambling Relapses

Recognising the warning signs of a potential gambling relapse is crucial in preventing it from escalating. Some common signs include:

  • Constantly thinking about gambling.
  • Being increasingly secretive about finances.
  • Borrowing money or selling personal items to support gambling habits.
  • Neglecting personal and social responsibilities.
  • Lying to loved ones about gambling activities.
  • Feeling irritable or restless when attempting to reduce or quit gambling.


Coping Strategies for Gambling Relapses 

If you or someone you know is struggling with a gambling relapse, remember that help is available. Here are some coping strategies to navigate through these difficult moments:

  • Reach out for support: Talk to friends, family, or a support group about your feelings and struggles. Having a solid support system is vital in maintaining recovery. 
  • Identify triggers: Be aware of your triggers and avoid situations or environments that might tempt you to gamble.
  • Seek professional help: Consider seeking help from a therapist or counsellor specialising in addiction. They can provide valuable insights and coping mechanisms tailored to your individual needs.
  • Limit access to money: If you find it challenging having cash at your disposal, consider giving control of your finances to a trusted family member or restricting your spending on gambling using gambling-blocking solutions offered by your bank.
  • Practice self-care: Engage in activities that promote relaxation and well-being, such as exercise, meditation, hobbies, or spending time with loved ones. 
  • Set realistic goals: Celebrate small victories and set achievable goals in your recovery and other areas of life. 
  • Relapses are a learning opportunity: Use a relapse to learn from the experience and identify areas that need further attention.

Overcoming gambling addiction and preventing relapse is an ongoing journey that requires dedication and support. Understanding the causes and recognising the signs of gambling relapses before they occur can help you and many others take proactive steps to deal with gambling urges. 

Seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness, and a supportive community is ready to help you through your recovery journey. 

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