Before you begin

It is recommended that you read these first two chapters from the book "Stop Gambling: A Self-Help Manual for Giving Up Gambling" (2001). This book was written by Simon Milton who established the Gambling Treatment Program and you will be provided with a number of chapters from this book during treatment.

Chapter 1 - Self Knowledge
Chapter 2 - Motivation

Before you begin the program, it is a good idea to start thinking about the types of things that trigger your gambling or the situations that tend to result in a gambling episode.

Below is a list of possible strategies that can help reduce the likelihood that you will gamble.

Access to cash
  • Destroying ATM card
  • Not carrying around ATM card
  • Canceling cash-out facility on credit card
  • Asking a trusted person to keep money or   monitor statements
  • Arranging direct debit on bills, debts or pay   by B-pay
  • Planning ahead for pay days
Access to venues
  • Arranging self-exclusion with hotels (GameCare  1300 137 404)
  • Arranging self-exclusion with individual clubs or The Star
Financial stress
  • Working out a budget
  • Using problem solving to systematically   sort things out
  • Gain advise from a financial counsellor (Wesley  02 9263-5577)
Gambling-related Activities
e.g. drinking in pub where you
usually gamble
  • Avoiding these activities by changing routines and habits
  • Arranging and scheduling alternative activities (e.g. meet at cafe)
Stress & anxiety
  • Practicing relaxation strategies (e.g. slow breathing or PMR)
  • Improving lifestyle habits (e.g. diet and exercise)
  • Using problem solving to help with the cause of the stress
  • Considering seeking professional help if necessary.
Low mood or boredom
  • Using problem solving to work on possible causes
  • Scheduling pleasant events
  • Discussing difficulties with trusted friends or family
  • Considering seeking professional help if necessary.
Alcohol and/or drug use
  • Cutting down or stopping use
  • Drinking only in non-gambling venues (e.g. at home; in restaurant)
  • Drinking only in company of non-gambling friends
  • Considering seeking professional help if necessary