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Strategies to tackle gambling

Category:Advice,Advice for Gamblers

Money Management

  • Find a trustworthy relative or friend to help you manage your finance, acting as your financial manager (YFM). Let YFM allot your daily / weekly basic expenditure.
  • Avoid carrying cash, except for necessities.
  • Surrender your bank cards and/or chequebook to YFM for safekeeping.
  • If you receive your wages in cash, give it to YFM as soon as possible or authorise YFM to receive the salary instead of you.
  • Make arrangement with your bank to allow withdrawals by two signatures.
  • Discuss with YFM when you need extra money.
  • Seek out professional organisations to help with debt management.

Time Management

  • Arrange a structured timetable to avoid having long periods of idleness.
  • Report your whereabouts to a family member regularly when you are on your own.
  • Arrange beneficial and wholesome activities in your spare time, preferably accompanied by a family member or a friend.

Dealing with emotions

  • Listen to hymns, songs of praise or your favourite music.
  • Engage in healthy leisure activities.
  • Read the Bible, meditate and pray.
  • Talk things over and communicate with with a trusted relative or friend.
  • If necessary, seek help from your pastor or counsellor.

Stay away from triggers

  • Avoid things that attract you to gamble, such as gambling establishments, race betting tips, TV programmes and so on.
  • Decline invitations from friends to gamble; if necessary, break off the friendship.
  • Declare to your friends and colleagues that you have made up your mind to give up gambling.
  • Hand in “self exclusion” applications to gambling establishments.

The power of faith

  • Pray and seek help from God;
  • Pursue the biblical truth, carry around key verses to remind you to avoid gambling ;
  • Participate actively in church.
  • Participate in the Centre’s fellowships on Monday and Tuesday.  Being an active member of a church and fellowship will give you access to support and care.
  • Read Christian-themed books and watch Christian-themed CDs, DVDs etc.
  • Volunteer at the Centre.

A Final Note

  • Alcohol and drugs may weaken your vigilance and easily drag you back to gambling again, so you should not engage in substance abuse.

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Overcoming temptation

Category:Advice,Advice for Gamblers

1)    Stay away from temptation:
Don’t do as the wicked do, and follow the path of evildoers.  Don’t even think about; don’t go that way.  Turn away and keep moving.   (Proverbs 4:14-15)

2)   Change your motives and belief:
Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts.  Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love and peace.  Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.   (2 Timothy 2:22)

3)    Be cautious and alert:
Stay alert!  Watch out for your great enemy, the devil.  He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.   (1 Peter 5:8)

4)    Pray to God
Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation.  For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak.   (Matthew 26:41)

5)    Resist the devil
Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.   (James 4:7)

6)    Remember His Word
I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.   (Psalm 119:11)

7)    Pursue holiness
If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honourable use.  Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work.
(2 Timothy 2:21)

8)    Devotion and faithfulness
Don’t be afraid of what you are about to suffer.  The devil will throw some of you into prison to test you.  You will suffer for ten days.  But if you remain faithful even when facing death, I will give you the crown of life.   (Revelation 2:10)

9)    Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.
(Proverbs 4:23)

Admit and repent if you fall down in a temptation  

If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth.  But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.   (1 John 1:8, 9)

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Tips for dealing with gambling addiction

Category:Advice,Advice for Gamblers

1. You must accept that the money you have lost in gambling is lost forever.

2. There is no such thing as a “sure-win”.

3. Gambling will never solve your financial problems.

4. Engage in activities other than Gambling during your spare time.  Gambling is not entertainment but a costly mental drug.

5. Gambling actually increases stress rather than relieving it.

6. Do not under-estimate the adverse consequences of gambling.

7. Understand that your family wants you to quit gambling more than they want you to win money.

8. is difficult to quit gambling by yourself. You should seek help early from specialists.