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Preventing and Treating Gambling Addiction

Abstract: This answer gives a list of tips to avoid and handle gambling problems.

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Preventing and Treating Gambling Addiction

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Written by: Wendy Moelker, Psychologist in charge, tutor, Emergis center for mental health care, Goes, the Netherlands.
First version: 22 Jul 2008.
Latest revision: 22 Jul 2008.

How do you prevent gambling problems? Describes tips for preventing and treating gambling addiction.

Answer:

Some tips to keep the gambling problem under control:

  • Decide in advance how much money you want to play with. If need be, only take this amount with you.
  • Decide for yourself how much time you want to spend on it.
  • Keep your promises to others. Don't cancel them because you want to keep on playing.
  • Know that you always have more chance to lose than to win.
  • If you win, take the money and stop playing.
  • Don't try to win back your losses.
  • Find out if you have the need to gamble when you have problems.
  • If you can't make it alone, don't hesitate to get help.
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