Are you tired of fighting a gambling addiction? Do you wish your gambling problem would just go away? You have probably heard that once you are addicted to anything, the addiction lasts a lifetime. That is true to the best of my knowledge. Though it is true that the gambling problem you have now will never go away, it is possible to not think about gambling all the time. Thinking about the gambling problem, or gambling is the part of a gambling addiction that wears many people down. In plain English, they just get tired of talking about it, thinking about it, and dealing with the gambling problem they have.
While the compulsive gambling disease is incurable, it is possible to go through days or even weeks without thinking about it or being fixated on the problem. That is what you really want, isn’t it? You want to just live your life, have fun, laugh, enjoy life, without battling a problem 24/7. You want relief. The good news is that is possible. The disease may not go away, but the symptoms can be treated.
I know gamblers who have a normal life and enjoy life. I have also known them long enough so I remember when they first stopped gambling and started working at being a non-gambler. Many of them complained at the time that it seemed the joy had gone out of life, that life wasn’t any fun anymore. After time passed I reminded some of them of that and we had a good laugh. How dark things seemed when they first admitted they had a gambling problem and started to take their first small, hesitating steps towards being clean, a non-gambler.
The first thing you have to understand about your wonderful mind is that it has parts. There is the conscious part of your mind and the subconscious part. The conscious part of your mind may want to be happy and just relax and enjoy life, but your subconscious may be preoccupied with a desire to gamble. As long as your subconscious is fixated on gambling, there will be no relief, but the nice thing about the human mind is that it can only truly hold one thought at a time. In other words, if your subconscious becomes filled or fixated with another thought, the gambling desire and all the nervousness and anxiety that goes with it, will disappear.
There are meditation and relaxation techniques that are very easy to learn and that you can use to clear your mind. These powerful techniques have worked for many people, just ordinary people who happened to have a gambling problem, just like you. If you have a gambling problem and you are sick of it, I recommend you keep treating it with a 12 step program or the therapy you are now using, but also add an Mp3 that is specially programmed to relax your mind and put those positive thoughts into your subconscious that will replace the gambling problem and give you the relief you seek.
You won’t be cured and you will still need your therapy or support group, but you will eventually find whole days and even weeks going by without that terrible battle and yes, you will find some of the joy coming back into your life.