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Gambling Facts and Fictions
Religious Groups, Self-Help Organizations and Psychiatry
Gambling Facts and Fictions: The Anti-Gambling Handbook to get yourself to stop gambling, quit gambling or never start gambling
Copyright © 2004
 by Stephen Katz
ISBN: 1418472409
Library of Congress: 2004094023
Religious Groups, Self-Help Organizations and Psychiatry
Chapter 2

A major goal of this book is getting you to lose the desire for gambling. Also a major goal of this book for those who have never gambled is getting you to lose the desire to ever start gambling. You will come to know that there is not any sensible or positive reason why you should be a customer of the gambling industry. You will understand that all customers of the gambling industry have a gambling problem. This gambling problem must be eliminated.

Due to influences from the gambling industry and their friends or because of personal reasons, you could still get sudden urges to gamble even when quitting gambling. The information in this book is here to fortify you with the knowledge to smartly extinguish these urges whether occurring today or years from now. After gaining the knowledge of this book, if you still get urges to be a customer of the gambling industry but are unable to extinguish these urges, then you must use other ways to help such as religious groups, self-help organizations or psychiatric care.

Guidance through your pastor or rabbi is the best way to overcome any urges or compulsions if unable to quit gambling despite the acquired knowledge from this book about the negative realities and consequences of being a customer to the gambling industry. Religious counseling is superior to anything this book or any other self-help book has to offer. Even if this book helps you to quit gambling, it is still strongly recommended developing a good new relationship with your church or synagogue. They will be most happy having you on board or more fully on board. Developing this good new relationship with your church or synagogue which establishes ties with good things, makes it unlikely wanting to maintain ties with bad things such as the gambling industry. The social interaction of associating with good people tends to rub off in a positive way.

If unable to control yourself, then you need to aspire to a change in behavior or lifestyle which can be encouraged by your church or synagogue. Through religious guidance, your religious leader and group members can provide counsel to help change your behavior or lifestyle. Gambling for some people is a symptom of personal problems. Gambling is a way of abusing yourself or temporarily escaping from other problems in your life. Discussing these problems with your religious leader will help in overcoming or successfully living with these problems without the gambling. Handling these personal problems the right way through religious counseling enables you to handle the gambling problem. Contact your religious leader. He or she will be glad that you did and you will also be glad. The strong influences of gambling can be so seductive that many good people get sucked into it. Your religious leader can help pull you out.

Another helpful way to quit gambling are self-help organizations such as Gamblers Anonymous. The main principle of Gamblers Anonymous is having members follow a twelve-step program. Members of Gamblers Anonymous meet on a regular basis with the goal of keeping each other away from gambling. Meetings provide the aspect of being able to talk about gambling and personal problems with other people who also want to quit gambling. The premise of Gamblers Anonymous is that a gambler can relate to other fellow gamblers because they have been in similar situations, therefore can share experiences and provide support. Information about Gamblers Anonymous and other self-help organizations are readily available on the internet. Contact them so they can help you.

Also a helpful way to quit gambling are psychiatrists and psychiatric treatment centers. The analysis and counseling provides better understanding of your behavior to help quit gambling. Please note that religious groups and self-help organizations such as Gamblers Anonymous are free of charge. Psychiatric treatment can be expensive. Whatever the costs are though, it is much less expensive than continuing to gamble. Information about psychiatrists and psychiatric treatment centers are readily available on the internet. Contact them so they can help you.

Whichever way or ways that you choose to quit gambling, please choose something because you must quit gambling. Gambling is not something that you can afford to continue or start. For those who are already involved in a religious group, self-help organization or psychiatric care, this book can still be helpful in the same way as having another good tool in the toolbox.