Strategies to tackle gambling

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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.