What is recovery?
Recovery is the personal choice to make lifestyle changes for a better future. Recovery can also seem like a dark and scary road, especially since those who face it usually haven’t been there before, but anything can seem scary before it’s conquered. The road to recovery is paved with some changes in lifestyle, social connections, and relationships. In other words, it includes some personal change. Change is not always easy, but recovery can be a remarkable time in someone’s life!
I struggle with gambling, what’s wrong with me?
When facing the need for recovery, many people experience anger, denial, and many other negative feelings. We may ask ourselves, “Why can’t I control myself?,” “How will I get rid of this debt?,” or “Is there something wrong with me?” These questions and feelings are all normal because there is no right or wrong way to feel and experience the realization that you struggle with problem gambling and need to begin recovery. The number one thing to keep in mind is that, although some people might not understand you, you are not alone and help is available. Another important thing to keep in mind is that most people may appear fine, but everyone is dealing with something, and, so again, you are not alone. Since you’re not alone in your struggle with problem gambling, or with having a personal struggle of any kind, there’s nothing wrong with you. Everyone comes across difficult times in their life that they can overcome.
Why get support?
The path to recovery is covered with obstacles and challenges because you’re not just changing a choice, you’re changing your lifestyle. This is why it’s so important to find the best support. The support you choose will help you identify other people in your life who can also support you in your path towards recovery.
To learn more about recovery from problem gambling, take a look at our Staying Safe After Problem Gambling eBook. This resource will give you a great overview of some steps you’ll need to take as you enter into recovery.
I’m ready to get help!
Once you’ve come to the realization that you need help, the next step is to figure out where to find it. For New York state residents, help is most easily discovered through the NYS Hopeline. Just call or text 1-877-8-HOPENY (or 1-877-846-7369). This number will bring you to an automated server that’ll ask 2-3 questions, and then bring you to a trained clinician who will ask you some more questions to get you the best help possible. You choose what you’re comfortable sharing, but remember that the more information they have, the better they can assist you in getting the best help available. If you’re hesitant about reaching out to the HOPEline, please consider reading our blog on contacting the HOPEline, which will give you a more in depth step-by-step walkthrough of the process of a call.