Overcoming Stigma and Shame: Shining The Light on Problem Gambling

Overcoming Stigma and Shame: Shining The Light on Problem Gambling As someone who has battled problem gambling for most of my life, I know all too well the crushing weight of stigma and shame that comes with it. Research reflects the painful reality that problem gambling is even more stigmatized than other mental health conditions. […]

Celebrating Milestones and Victories: Increasing Motivation and Achieving Lasting Change

Celebrating Milestones and Victories: Increasing Motivation and Achieving Lasting Change Celebrating milestones and victories is an important part of staying motivated on your journey. However, it can also be tempting to mark these occasions by gambling. Let’s explore meaningful ways to acknowledge your accomplishments that align with your goals, and why doing so is crucial […]

The Path to Self-Forgiveness: Healing After Problem Gambling

The Path to Self-Forgiveness: Healing After Problem Gambling If you’ve struggled with problem gambling, you know the painful emotions that can come with it: shame, guilt, and self-blame. This is especially true if you are someone who is hiding their struggles from the rest of the world. The difference between how you feel people view […]

The Insidious Cycle of Gambling Addiction: Resetting Your Happiness Baseline

The Insidious Cycle of Gambling Addiction: Resetting Your Happiness Baseline Gambling addiction is a silent struggle that countless individuals face, often unbeknownst to their loved ones. It’s a battle that goes beyond the financial losses and seeps into the very core of one’s emotional well-being. At the heart of this addiction lies a sinister mechanism […]

The Tragic Link Between Gambling Addiction and Suicide – Removing the Stigma

The Tragic Link Between Gambling Addiction and Suicide – Removing the Stigma Gambling addiction is a serious mental health condition that can have devastating consequences, including a heightened risk of suicide. Recent research sheds light on the complex relationship between gambling disorder and suicidal behavior, underscoring the critical need to recognize problem gambling as a […]

Problem Gambling and Relationships: How to Rebuild Trust and Heal with Loved Ones

Problem Gambling and Relationships: How to Rebuild Trust and Heal with Loved Ones As a person in recovery from a gambling addiction, I know firsthand the devastating impact that addiction can have on relationships. For years, I struggled with gambling, pouring countless hours and dollars into an activity that left me feeling empty and ashamed.  […]

Problem Gambling Awareness Month: Finding “Awareness”

When I first started gambling, I understood conceptually that there was such a thing as “gambling addiction.” But I didn’t really know what it meant. I equated gambling harm with financial harm. I thought an “addict” was someone who had lost every penny they had, and was now bankrupt, destitute, and hopeless. I reasoned that […]