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Saturday, May 01, 2010

Want To Stop Gambling


Want To Stop Gambling is engagingly, entertainingly and amusingly written by Brighton-based problem gambler Jake Brindell, and covers his own journey from problem gambling to health, and advice based on those personal experiences.


Jake's life story tells us, in brief, how he started as a problem gambler, the brush with death he experienced and its cathartic effect in starting him on the road to recovery.


How to stop gambling is a hotch-potch of ideas on how to tackle problem gambling, including keeping a diary, varying your routines, reading, alternative therapies and others.


The Problem Gamblers Federation is a proposed project to push the issue of problem gambling into the public consciousness, which the author defines thus:



The problem gambler federation is a call to you to help change the status quo - to join the fight against the greedy ignorant captains of the gambling industry who only care about profits and use lies and spin to say that they care about responsible gambling.



I can only say that I completely empathise with this jaundiced view of the gambling industry.


However, far and away the most thorough and useful part of this site is the Want To Stop Gambling ebook Jake has written. It's worth a review in its own right, but here I'll limit myself to some brief notes of content summary:


• How to identify a gambling problem.

• Some famous problem gamblers (Marie Antoinette??)

• Gambling and debt.

• Reasons for problem gambling.

• Errant beliefs / superstitions.

• The effects of problem gambling.

• A "motivation to change" agreement.

• How to go about changing.

• The simple power of beliefs.

• Triggers that might cause a lapse back into old habits.

• Relaxation activities and excercises.

• The true value of money.

• The power of the human spirit.


This little ebook is very comprehensive and written in a conversational and engaging manner. It's very easy to read, and I highly recommend it for anyone interested in the subject. I've saved a backup copy should it go offline for any reason.


Of the handful of sites I've reviewed over the past few days, this one was an unexpected little gem to come across. Worth reading from top to toe.



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