Posts tagged help for gambling
8 Lies you tell yourself to justify not not giving up gambling: and how to counteract them ..#3-5

#3. ‘ But I’ve ‘invested’ so much….no way can I quit now’

 

#4.  ‘It will take too long to repay my debts any other way…’ 

 

#5. ‘I just need to be more focused…….’   

 

#6 ‘if I can go back to how I used to gamble it might work’

 

#7 ‘No I am not addicted, it is not as if I wake up craving or anything….’

 

#8 ‘If I was addicted to gambling, surely I would have big debt. Since I don’t – it means I don’t have an issue’

 

 

Previously in this blog series I have posted individual ‘lies’ and responded to them. I have here decided to put an entire 5 lies together and address them together as they are slightly different but still arrive at the same issue. They are all in complete contradiction of REALITY and if you were to go with the statements you would be required to deny at least aspects of your current life situation to yourself.  Some of them you may wish to do your own breakdown with – if they are particularly relevant for you. 

Denial is a central topic in addiction – one of the hallmarks in fact, irrespective of if we are talking about alcohol, gambling, sex and pornography or anything else.  Denial is an also prevalent in our thinking day to day even when unrelated to addiction.   If you are someone who pays close attention to your thoughts, you won’t have to look far before you can detect times in the day when we are likely to go into momentary denial about something.

 

nooooo I didn’t just leave my keys and lock myself out, did I?’

 

I cannot believe I missed the train, I am going to be late for the interview now’

 

Clearly these moments of denial are slightly different from the often-prolonged state of denial seen in individuals with addiction.

Read More