Krzysztof is a former gambling addict who hopes to give advice to those who may be suffering from gambling addiction and other disorders.
10 Commandments of Gambling Addiction
The 10 commandments, which appear in the Bible, are essentially a list of laws you must follow—otherwise God could punish you in the afterlife.
But what do they have to do with gambling disorder and addiction?
Because these laws can be applied to anything, and I'll examine why they fit so well with gambling addiction or disorder.
You'll get the chance to view the do's and don'ts of addiction, and see how they relate to the original 10 commandments.
I. Thou Shall Not Relapse
The biggest fear of any addict is the threat of relapse.
- Despite what medical professionals say, it's not okay to experience even one relapse.
You have to do everything in your power to not let it happen, because a relapse will halt and reverse your progress.
For a gambler, this means you must avoid gambling temptations and have someone help you until those impulses subside.
An addict may never fully recover from their addiction, but the best chance at long-term success is to stop them from reverting to their old habits.
Don't fall into the relapse trap; do continuously seek help, long after rehabilitation.
II. Thou Shall Not Steal From Loved Ones
This is self-explanatory, but often forgotten.
It's bad enough when an addict wastes their own money, but it's even worse when they steal from loved ones to nurse their gambling disorder.
You should never steal from anyone, no matter how tempting it may be. If you're a victim of theft and suspect someone in your family might have a gambling problem, then address it immediately.
If you're an addict and want to steal, try putting yourself in another person's shoes for a minute and feel what they would feel.
Like in the original ten commandments, stealing is not the moral choice.
III. Thou Shall Not Kill Your Savings
Your savings are your past, present, and future.
Those savings could be part of an emergency fund, or a college education for one of your kids.
Your savings shouldn't be squandered because of a bet. It's not okay to waste everything you've work so hard to obtain.
- Protect yourself by protecting your savings through tight security procedures.
A close family member or spouse should be in charge of your savings in case you let the addiction get too far.
Still, it's not as bad as the next commandment on the list...
IV. Thou Shall Not Sell Thy House or Car
Can you imagine selling your house and car because of a gambling debt?
It's shocking how someone could be willing to risk everything over a few casino table games.
If you're an addict and suspect you might take that final step, then call for help immediately. There are multiple helplines available if you're losing control.
If that's too much for you, then call someone you know who can help.
Let them step in and prevent you from making the biggest mistake of your life. Those who have made this misstep will suffer from lifelong agony and guilt.
V. Thou Shall Not Enter a Casino Alone
The flashing, bright-colored lights and ambient noises are like chocolate cake to a sugar lover.
In other words, it screams trouble ahead.
If you must enter a casino for any reason and you have a spending situation, then don't do it alone.
- Have a responsible friend or family member nearby so you don't risk going off the handle.
A recovering addict shouldn't ever be near a casino—but if you must, then don't cross that pond without a paddle.
For someone in recovery, their decision-making skills are akin to a toddler attempting to cross an intersection.
Talk about a terrible combination!
VI. Thou Shall Not Avoid Rehabilitation
For anyone suffering from addiction, it will not go away on its own. You might avoid temptations for a long time, but eventually they'll win out.
- The best way to get proper treatment is at a rehabilitation facility.
Now, I'm not saying everyone should attend rehab, because sometimes that isn't possible. However, you should consider it or something similar if your situation becomes dire.
Don't wait months or years to seek treatment. The sooner you get help, the better chance of recovery.
You're also saving yourself from destruction—whether it's of your body, finances, career, or relationships. You may even spare yourself the legal troubles often associated with addictive behaviors.
VII. Thou Shall Admit, Not Deny, Problem
The more you deny and forget, the worse the situation will become.
When it becomes evident that an addiction is taking over your life, then why would you let it continue. Are you so selfish that you'd rather give into your inner demons and ignore those around you.
- People commonly say that admitting you have a problem is the toughest step, but I disagree.
The toughest step or steps is actually battling your addictive behaviors once you're going through treatment. There's nothing more challenging and painful than fighting off withdrawal.
Letting someone know you have an issue is child's play compared to the battles you'll face next.
VIII. Thou Shall Pray For Forgiveness
When an addict inevitably causes harm to those they care about, the only thing they can do is beg for forgiveness.
Sometimes it'll work out, but many times it doesn't. If you've hurt a person really badly, then you can't expect them to forgive you right away, even if you have a psychological problem.
Unfortunately time doesn't heal all wounds, but there are healing techniques that might help you and others see the light.
- Prayer, religious or secular, is an excellent form of healing one can go through.
Curing your mind and thoughts isn't exclusive, and even if the ones you hurt never forgive, at least you'll be at peace with their decisions.
IX. Thou Shall Not Ignore Feelings of Temptation
Temptations are all around us, but an addict has to go through the hardest trials known to man.
The trials become more difficult after a period of recovery where the chances of a relapse increase significantly.
And it doesn't take a massive impulse to fall victim to it. The tiniest desire can lead to relapse, so it's ideal to face those feelings instead of ignoring them. If you neglect them too long, then you're likely to fail.
When the feelings build, you must talk to somebody or get professional help. Discover ways to battle against those dark spirits so you can regain control.
X. Thou Shall Find New Meaning in Life
After you've gone through all nine commandments on the list, you'll come across the most critical one.
- The final commandment is about self reflection and your future.
This is the most important item on the list because discovering new meanings will determine how far you'll go in life. All addicts, whether they're addicted to alcohol, drugs, gambling, etc., need fulfillment that is healthy and meaningful.
It could be a hobby, a new career, volunteer and charity work, or anything else that makes you happy. Once you unveil your life's purpose, then the possibilities will be flowing for years.
So, that about wraps it up for this list.
Do you understand the value of each commandment and its nonreligious properties? We don't have to follow past scriptures to understand their importance.
There are ways to create our own ideals based on well-known templates, and the 10 commandments of gambling addiction are intended to help by forming new principles of healing.
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