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New Outlets in Recovery from Gambling Addiction

December 28, 2023 Kevin Anyango

Gambling addiction recovery extends beyond breaking free from the grips of compulsive gambling. I learned the importance of identifying and cultivating healthier outlets for stress and excitement to prevent relapses and embrace a fulfilling life in recovery. My addiction was primarily fueled by excitement and stress, and in my recovery from gambling addiction, I have discovered activities that offer a sustainable and enriching alternative to gambling.

Stress and Excitement Outlets in Recovery from Gambling Addiction

First is physical exercise. I walk more now than I did when I was hooked on gambling. Besides walking, I have dabbled in cycling and occasionally hit the gym, proving a powerful antidote to stress. Exercising has become a way to channel excess energy and a surefire way to enhance my mental and physical health.

Practicing mindfulness and meditation in recovery from gambling addiction has also been a great help. I used to be strongly anti-meditation because I could never focus enough to get into the state of calm needed for meditation. However, since I began my recovery journey, I have been more intentional, and it has become easier for me to meditate. I’ve also found that mindfulness and meditation help me self-reflect and maintain emotional balance; thus, I’m able to manage my stress and anxiety better.

Indulging my creative tendencies, such as writing poetry, has given me a constructive channel for emotional expression during my recovery from gambling addiction. When stress or excitement strikes, channeling the feelings on pen and paper provides a healthy escape that ends with a great sense of accomplishment. It has also helped me reconnect with my passions.

As a generally introverted person, outdoor activities and social connections are my Achilles heel. Engaging in social activities takes a lot of mental preparation, but I have discovered that controlled exposure does wonders for my wellbeing. Now, I don’t automatically say no to social interactions or outdoor excursions. And through rebuilding my social circle and connecting with nature, I have developed a healthier, more balanced routine.

Distraction During Recovery from Gambling Addiction

Even as I’m partaking in these healthier habits, discovering new outlets for stress and excitement has become a great way to distract myself from my gambling compulsion. It has given me a renewed sense of purpose as I rediscover life and continue my gambling addiction recovery journey.

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APA Reference
Anyango, K. (2023, December 28). New Outlets in Recovery from Gambling Addiction, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, April 19 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/recoveringfrommentalillness/2023/12/new-outlets-in-recovery-from-gambling-addiction



Author: Kevin Anyango

Kevin Anyango likes to say, "I am still me, no matter my mental health." Find Kevin on Twitter

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