Navigating Your Recovery

The New Year brings about new promises to us and others. It is a time when we think about change and growth in our lives. What do we want to do better? What do we think that we can accomplish?  

In New York State 4.3% of adult residents are experiencing problems related to their gambling activity (over 600,000 adults). If you are part of that number, getting help for your gambling may be on your list of resolutions this year.  

If you made a commitment to stop gambling this year, congratulations – the first step has been taken! Now it is all about staying on track and staying safe during your recovery. Recovery is a journey and there will be ups and downs as you navigate it.   

How Can You Navigate Your Recovery? 

Be Prepared 
  • Being prepared can help you handle situations that have previously led you to gamble. This may mean connecting with a therapist, a step-program, or a peer to guide you. You may want to try out several methods to see what works best for you. Whatever the case is, your local Problem Gambling Resource Center can help find resources for you.  
Dealing with Consequences  
  • Gambling may have caused damage to your finances, relationships, or job status. This may come with many emotions and can be challenging to navigate but know that support is available to help you manage and guide you toward a better future.   
Identify your gambling triggers 
  • You may have not understood your gambling triggers when you were gambling but if you have decided to stop, they may be clearer to you now. Did you gamble when you were stressed? To celebrate? Whatever the reason was, knowing why you were gambling can help you as you continue to keep a gambling free life.  
Educate your Family and Friends  
  •  Let your family and friends know what you have been going through and educate them about what problem gambling is. Many people don’t understand gambling, but by talking about it with them it can help repair relationships.  
Make lifestyle changes  
  • Are there certain people that encourage your gambling? Do certain trips or places give you the urge to gamble? While it may be difficult, it may be necessary to make these changes to your life to keep you healthy.  
Reaching out for support when you have urges 
  • You may have decided to stop gambling, but the pathway to your recovery can still be challenging. Make sure you have a support system to lean on when you have urges.  

Know that Help Is available  

Most importantly, know that you are not alone. At the NYS Problem Gambling Resource Centers (PGRCs) our goal is to get you connected to the resources you need to succeed. Whether that is information on support meetings, clinical appointments or peer services, we are here to help you. Visit today to find the resource center near you and get connected!