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Coping With Urges


Many compulsive gamblers, especially those in early stages of recovery, experience urges to

gamble. Repetition of the gambling behavior over a relatively long period of time, combined with

thoughts of gambling and associated pleasurable feelings, causes the compulsive gambler to

experience cravings. Sometimes these urges to bet are so intense and overpowering that they

cause the gambler to relapse.

Suggestions to Prevent Urges From Occurring

self-pity, etc., have led them back to gambling. Replacing negative habits with healthy ones is vital for maintaining abstinence.

Suggestions for When You Have an Urge to Gamble