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On the last track we discussed finances and relationships. Strategies for dealing with finances and relationships in the face of a gambling problem might include transferring management and the Relationship Developing Technique.”
On this track we will discuss attaining and maintaining abstinence from gambling. Three effective methods for attaining and maintaining abstinence from gambling are self help groups, photographs, and time management. As you listen to this track, you might consider your client. How might he or she benefit from actively abstaining from gambling altogether?
Attaining and Maintaining Abstinence
#1 Self Help Groups
Clearly, gamblers will find some support and encouragement among people who have experienced the same difficulties. There are many GA groups. Would your client feel at ease in a group setting? If not, perhaps the client can visit different groups to find one he or she fits well with. Though mutual support might not be suitable for some clients, regardless of the group dynamic, this resource can be very helpful for many gamblers.
#3 Time Management
Perhaps your gambling client could also benefit form motivational writing. One client, Dan, age 32, kept a notebook in his pocket. Dan stated, “I use my notebook to write what I want. Some of the things in there are ‘take care of you.’ ‘Do not gamble.’ ‘Gambling can only cause problems.’ My choice is happiness within my family, so I use my notebook as a way to make my thoughts concrete.”
On this track we have discussed attaining and maintaining abstinence from gambling. Three effective methods for attaining and maintaining abstinence from gambling are self help groups, photographs, and time management.
On the next track we will discuss relapse prevention. How can a gambler serious about recovery fend off relapses? Three simple guidelines to avoiding relapse and staying stopped are using support systems, watching company, and watching where they go.
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