MO MONEY, MO PROBLEMS
WHAT TO DO WITH THAT EXTRA HOLIDAY CASH
December 28, 2016
On the surface, the world is full of holiday cheer during the month of December. However, holidays are often difficult for people who are struggling with a gambling addiction.
The month of December brings about a certain level of financial stress for everybody but for someone with a gambling addiction, that level is often unbearable. The exchange of gifts, travel and big family dinners is often an expensive ordeal.
Putting it plainly, the holidays are expensive.
But after all that money is spent, after all those gifts are exchanged, people are often left with a little something extra in their pockets.
Having extra cash on hand can be a dangerous situation for problem gamblers.
A gambling addict having disposable income is the equivalent of handing Russel Brand (now sober) a handle of whiskey.
We write this holiday message to remind people who are in recovery from problem gambling to remember all the hard work they have done to get to this point. If you or someone you love is feeling the urge to gamble, there are things they can do:
- Call their sponsor
- Call 888-ADMIT-IT to get additional resources
- Spend time with a trusted family member or friend
- Instead of gambling, engage in a healthy activity or hobby
- Look into Mindfulness meditation or another form of meditation
Like Biggie said, “Mo Money, Mo Problems.”
But to every problem, there is a solution! Having extra cash after the holidays is a positive thing and should be viewed as a bonus not as an excuse to gamble.
There are tools out there (as well as within you) that makes accomplishing your goals easier.