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 Washington. If you live in any other US state, click here to find your state guide.
- What is gambling doing for you?
- How to eliminate triggers to gamble.
- Take Action – Step-by-Step plan
Lets 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 a gambling problem) is to find out what that is. The answers to the quetsions above can help you with that understanding.
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)
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 list 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.
Can you self-exclude from casinos in Washington?
These things are a good start, but what help can a gambling addict get in Washington to decrease the number of triggers? In some US states, there is a compulsive gambling prevention program, but there is no self-exclusion casino program in Washington.
So, what can you do instead?
Let’s get you back in control by self-exclude from casinos in Washington. Even if there is no voluntary self-exclusion program for the entire state, you can still self-exclude yourself from the casinos, or other gambling places you most often visit. Take a friend with you, and self-ban yourself from the casino. (The friend is there to make sure you do what you came to the casino to do.)
Do you gamble online in Washington?
Is there a way to self-exclusion from online casinos in Washington?
In 2021, it’s legal to do sports betting online in Washington So far, we haven’t seen any self-exclusion programs extend to online bookmakers though. To our best knowledge, there is no self-exclusion program for online casinos in Washington 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 Washington, 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!
Check out this 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 hand you the tools you need to kick this addiction’s ass step by step.
Let begin by doing the Happiness Test!
What resources are there for a gambling addict in Washington?
Are you tired of gambling? Do you need some help to quit? As a compulsive gambler in Washington, here are some more resources that can be helpful.
- QuitGamble.com (We challenge you, to challenge yourself)
- Gambler’s Anonymous Washington (Classic 12-steps, here is an interesting article for you QG vs GA)
- Suicidal thoughts? Please Call: National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255
Action Plan – How to stop gambling in Washington?
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 Washington. 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