July 7th is Tell the Truth Day, as well as the Global Day of Forgiveness, so if you’ve been lying to yourself or your loved ones about your gambling and the state of your finances, speaking up now could be a life altering event. Gambling addiction often makes people do things they would not otherwise do, including engaging in deceptions and illegal acts, so choosing to be honest with yourself and others, and applying self-forgiveness, prior to asking others to forgive you, are vital steps. The best news of all is that you do not need to undergo this process alone!
The Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling’s 24-hour Confidential and Multilingual Problem Gambling HelpLine, 888-ADMIT-IT, offers a range of resources that can prove helpful to compulsive gamblers and their families struggling with financial and other difficulties. In addition to a budget toolkit and self-help recovery workbooks, 888-ADMIT-IT can refer contacts to a series of supports to assist with financial concerns. One contact to 888-ADMIT-IT can furnish trusted resources and referrals for credit counseling, self-help programs, and professional treatment, as well as online and mobile supports. For example, some of the self-help fellowship groups of Gamblers Anonymous (GA) offer a service called Pressure Relief, which assists the gambler and family members in addressing financial, legal, and other problems. It is designed to relieve the pressure from the gambler and family so they can attempt to live a normal and healthy life. One contact to 888-ADMIT-IT can provide you with in-person, phone, and online GA meetings, pending your preference.
If you or someone you know are experiencing difficulties due to gambling, declare your independence today by breaking free from addiction, by telling the truth and learning to forgive yourself, which will pave your pathway to recovery. One contact to Your One Sure Thing in Florida, 888-ADMIT-IT, is all it takes to get started, by phone, 888-236-4848, text (321-958-0555), email (email@example.com), chat (gamblinghelp.org), via the 888-ADMIT-IT mobile app, or on social media.