Home remedies, such as willpower, distraction, prayer, and firm self-reminders of the consequences, can sometimes work just fine, according to research. However, most of the women researched in an Internet survey tried home remedies (over and over again) without success. No matter how many times they left their credit cards at home to limit their gambling at the casino, they ended up driving back to get them. No matter how many times they willed themselves to never go back, they did. That's why the majority of women (90 percent) finally resorted to asking for help, either from GA, professionals, or both. Many were in desperate condition before they could ask for help.
The caution raised here is: Don't wait too long. If the strategies for self-help are not working for you, you don't have to suffer alone. Continuing to suffer alone and gamble compulsively can lead to long term financial ruin, prison, homelessness, severed relationships, and suicide. Many women have experienced great relief by confiding in another person the true nature of their gambling problem, and asking that person to help them find help. It's the first step in finally taking your life back from compulsive gambling, when your efforts to stop aren't working. Don't wait too long.
An excerpt from the book: Taking Back Your Life: Women and Problem Gambling by Diane Rae Davis, Ph.D.