How to stop Gambling
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 Illinois. If you live in any other US state, click here to find your state guide.
- How to remove gambling triggers.
- How to sign up for casino self exclusion in Illinois
- Take action! A Step-by-Step Guide
Let’s get started!
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?
We believe addiction has an upside. Gambling is doing something for us, and the first step to any recovery (or beat the crap out of a gambling problem) is to find out what that is. The answers to the questions above can help you understand why gambling is so attractive to you.
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 in becoming gambling-free. In our video course How to create a Change Plan, we call it “clean up your physical space. (Highly recommended)
Creating is Change Plan will boost your chances to succeed, and it’s a great way to act today. We’re here to support you! Add your email below, and we’ll send you the course for free.
How can you decrease your exposure to gambling ads?
- Switch your email address. If you’ve ever signed up for anything online, there is a big risk your email has been sold to a casino. Switching your email gives you a fresh start.
- Switch your cellphone number. Like with your email address, if you’ve given your cellphone number away, the casinos will text or call you.
- Switch to streaming services. Avoid watching TV channels with gambling commercials.
Casino Self-exclusion program in Illinois
What help can a problem gambler in Illinois 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 Illinois!
If you find a casino that isn’t covered by the self-exclusion casino program in Illinois, we recommend you ask a friend/family member to go with you to the casino to self-ban yourself.
How to self-exclude in Illinois?
Let’s get you back in control by self-exclude from casinos in Illinois. I can ban myself from Illinois casinos by filling in the forms here.
According to their website, “allows persons who have determined they are problem gamblers to self-exclude themselves from all Illinois casinos”. Since 2019, the program also covers sports wagering activities too.
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 Illinois. 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 Illinois?
In 2021, it’s legal to do sports betting online in Illinois So far, we haven’t seen any self-exclusion programs extend to online bookmakers. To our best knowledge, there is no self-exclusion program for online casinos in Illinois state. However, if you’re gambling online and you want some help preventing yourself from online gambling, you have some options: You can download an app like Gamban. You can read our review of Gamban here.
In short, when you install Gamban on your phone and desktop, the app blocks online gambling websites in Illinois, 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 become gambling-free!
Here is a brief introduction to QG:
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 step by step hand you the tools you need to kick this addiction’s ass.
Let begin by doing the Happiness Test!
What resources are there for a gambling addict in Illinois?
Are you tired of gambling? Do you need some help to quit? As a compulsive gambler in Illinois, here are some more resources that can be helpful.
- QuitGamble.com (We challenge you, to challenge yourself)
- Gambler’s Anonymous (Classic 12-steps, here is an interesting article for you QG vs GA)
- Illinois Counsil on Problem Gambling
- Suicidal thoughts? Please Call: National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255.
Action Plan – How to stop gambling in Illnois?
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 3-8 steps below. You don’t need to stop gambling alone in Illinois. 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, and file 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.
Take some time today and do these steps. It might an hour or two, but when you’re done. You’ve taken your first steps to stop gambling and you should be proud of yourself!
We’re proud of you too! Welcome to QuitGamble.com