How to stop Gambling in California
Welcome to QuitGamble.com! In this guide, we’ll give you all the information you need to quit gambling. The guide focuses on the options a problem gambler has in California.
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Let’s Get Started
Everything we do, we believe in challenging the status quo of addiction. We believe Let’s Get Started is the cause of addiction. It’s the escape from the pain we get addicted to.
The first thing, we’d like you to ask yourself is:
What is gambling doing for you?
What happens when you gamble? Does it create a moment of peace? A period when nothing else matters? Perhaps the answers can explain why it’s so hard to quit?
Eliminate Triggers to Gamble
The second step is to limit your exposure to gambling triggers. It’s nearly impossible to stop eating ice cream if you have a freezer full of it. It’s the same with gambling! Removing apps and things you connect with gambling can aid you to become gambling-free. In our video course How to create a Change Plan, we call it “clean up your physical space. (Highly recommended)
How to decrease your exposure to gambling ads?
Casino Self-exclusion program in California
What help can a problem gambler in California get to decrease the number of triggers? You already know about your email, phone number, and TV. If you haven’t signed up for the free Change plan course yet, we highly recommend it.
What more? In some US states, there is a compulsive gambling prevention program. We’re happy to tell you that there is a self-exclusion casino program in California!
If you find a casino that isn’t covered by the self-exclusion casino program in California, we recommend you ask a friend/family member to go with you to the casino to self-ban yourself.
How to self-exclude in California?
California’s voluntary self-exclusion program can help you limit your opportunities to gamble. By preventing individuals from entering any licensed gambling facilities in the state of California. The program doesn’t cover Horse Racing or Tribal Casinos.
Wanna do more? Read about how you ban yourself from withdrawing money from ATMs.
Another tool is to ban yourself from using ATMs at different casinos in the state of California. So far, we’ve found 2 operators that allow their customers to “ban me from using ATMs at the casino. You can read more here..”
Do you gamble online?
Is there a way to self-exclusion from online casinos in California?
So far, all online gambling is prohibited in California. (Naturally, people might play anyway on unregulated sites) But since these are unregulated, there is no register or program to self-exclude from online casinos in California. If you gamble online, there are some other things you can do. The best is perhaps to download an app like Gamban. You can read our Gamban review.
In short, when you install Gamban on your phone and desktop, the app blocks online gambling websites in California, as well as in other places. When you try to access any gambling-related site, you’ll only see a message that the website is blocked. Gamban even covers betting apps you have installed on your phone. Gamban isn’t “the solution” to stop gambling, but it’s definitely a helpful tool to put in your toolbox. It’s a friend that gives you a helping hand when you feel an urge to gamble.
Another advantage is that you can’t uninstall the app whenever you want. You have to wait until your subscription runs out.
If you gamble online, we warmly recommend you install Gamban on all your devices! Gamban is available on desktop, iPhone, and Android. Download it directly through your app store or visit Gamban.com.
Welcome to QuitGamble.com
We believe it’s important to keep away from gambling, but the ugly truth is that few people succeed by just staying away. To stop gambling addiction, you need to address what makes gambling so attractive to you. Remember the questions on top? On QG, we’ll work on your inner, as well as, your outer game. We’ll support you on your way to becoming gambling free!
Join a community of people who wants to become happier, and free from their gambling problems.
If you feel overwhelmed by all the information in this guide, don’t worry. As a new member, we’ll hand you the tools you need to kick this addiction’s ass step by step.
Let’s begin by doing the Happiness Test!
What resources are there for a gambling addict in California?
Are you tired of gambling? Do you need some help to quit? As a compulsive gambler in California, here are some more resources that can be helpful.
- QuitGamble.com (We challenge you, to challenge yourself)
- Gambler’s Anonymous California (Classic 12-steps, or read QG vs GA)
- California Council on Problem Gambling, call 1-800.GAMBLER (426-2537)
- If you have suicidal thoughts. Please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255.
Action Plan – How to stop gambling in California?
Let’s KICK ADDICTION’S ASS together! You’ve already taken a big leap to become gambling-free by reading through this guide. Hopefully, you’ve also asked yourself why gambling is so attractive. We recommend you do the next 3-7 steps below. You don’t need to stop gambling alone in California. On QG we help you back on your feet, cheer you on, and aid you on your journey to… yes, that’s right… TO KICK ADDICTION’S ASS
Read this guide Ask yourself is: What is gambling doing for you?
- Sign up for the free Change Plan course to get started
- Switch email address, phone number
- Download the self-exclusion forms, sign them, and submit them.
- If you’re gambling online, download and install Gamban.
- Do the Happiness Test
- Sign up for a free account and join the QG community.