I think if you know what your addiction is you can stay of that addiction. If you have an adictive personality you can get hooked on anything you do if you do it long enough. I think it is unrealistic to Cellophane addicts just because they are addicts. It is much more important for them to get to know who they are so they can make the tweeks that work for them in everyday life. So in short everything is off the table and nothing is off the table. You make your choices and live with them or change them to something else.
Just be aware of who you are.
If it feels like a problem then its a problem!
The thing is, many people who gamble will say, "the lottery wasn't my problem"... it was "the horses" or "it was the slots" or "it was online poker", the list goes on. Addictive gamblers (me very much included) think this way when they/we/I view life merely in terms of money ie the more money you have the happier you are
But the bottom line in my opinion is that to commit to a gamble free lifestyle is to give this thinking up and to commit to not gambling on anything whatever the monetary value. Its to give up on the "illusion" that somehow spending a £1 or £10 on a lottery product is somehow gonna change one's life... cos its not. In one sense to spend that pound is simply another way to avoid having to do anything meaningful to change one's circumstances, cos hey.. am about to win a bunch of money.
Not sure if this makes sense but thats my thoughts at this moment in time. I would add this as well.... its extremely difficult to change the gambler mindset. many times I thought i'd surrendered to it, but I hadn't. The gambler within had just minded its time.
Is it possible for gambler to stop if it is pointed out to them that it a problem in the relationship?
Would they just not lie about trying to stop?
How would they stop? Is intervention needed or is this something they can do on their own?
How can I be sure they are truly trying to give up??
I think when you know the person well you can tell through behaviour whether they are lying to you or not. Am not particularly talking about gambling here. just life in general. Words are easy, behaviour is harder to disguise.
But alas you can never know for sure whether somebody is gambling or not. Addictive gamblers do lie often because of shame and guilt.
On a positive. many people who gamble will return to a more normal way of thinking and being as gamble free time builds up.
Limit your access to money. Block gambling transactions on your bank cards via your bank. Install gamban on all your device's. And imo most importantly find something else to occupy your mind when you feel the urge to gamble ie go for a walk, play an app or game on your device , do a puzzle . Do ANYTHING just don't GAMBLE.
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