Journaling

Journaling – When in the midst of addictive gambling, the fantasy world takes over and denial is an everyday emotion; whether this denial is in the form of lying to friends, family, employer, or simply denying the problem to yourself. By writing down and keeping track of daily thoughts, feelings, and activities, our patterns (both good and bad) become clear. For the problem gambler, it is also good to keep track of gambling activities, the amount won and lost, and how you felt afterwards. Gambling has many triggers that other forms of addiction do not, journaling is just one way to fight urges and restore balance. Below are some ideas to write about:

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  • Thoughts
  • Behaviors
  • Feelings/Emotions
  • Reactions to Situations
  • Triggers
  • Cravings
  • Coping Skills
  • Loss of Control
  • Goals
  • Anger
  • Positive Affirmations
  • Healthy Alternatives