Category:Advice,Advice for Gamblers
- 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.
- 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.