Making the decision to enter someone into a rehabilitation program for gambling addiction usually comes after a long string of denial about the addiction. For addicts and the people who love them, their love of gambling is usually not considered an addiction until it is to late. Most of the time people are so far in debt, have lost so much, that starting to rebuild their life is their only choice.
The first thing that a person needs to do to get on the path towards recovery is to accept that they have problem. For many people this is hard to do. They feel that they do not have a problem. After all, gambling is a fun sport that many people enjoy in social gatherings, they do not realize that what was once a fun game has turned into something that is taking over their lives. However, many people will start to realize how much their addictionhas taken from them if you are able to lay the facts open before them. Show them how their addiction has hindered their life.
The second thing that people need to realize when they made the decision to stop gambling and seek recovery is that their entire life is going to change. Many times, gambling addiction starts because the friends and business associates of a person are all involved in gambling. So much of their life revolves around gambling that they soon cannot escape the need to gamble. Everything about a person’s life will change when they are in recovery. They will no longer go to gambling clubs. They will no longer hold business meetings at places where there is gambling. A person who is recovering needs to take all temptation away from themselves in order to be successful in recovery.