Super Bowl 2019 is looming on the horizon, and with it the ever present temptation to place a bet. As most people in sports betting know, the Super Bowl can be a challenging time for somebody in recovery from gambling.
Here are a few tips to get you through the day that experts call the biggest gambling day of the year:
Recognizing This Trigger Is a Big Step
The key to overcoming problem gambling is recognizing events and environments that can lead to a relapse. Super Bowl 2019 will be no different from any other tempting event but there's no need to white knuckle through the day if you're prepared.
Knowing that this game day is going to be a hard one for you can put you in a position to make the arrangements you need in advance. Many people who feel like they might relapse find ways to get outside and away from the event — choosing nature over the city, and choosing to keep offline for the day. The simple act of relocating yourself to a place without internet can make a huge difference.
Make Exciting, Non-Game Plans for the Big Day
Avoiding watching the game can be one of the most powerful things you can do to avoid falling into common patterns. But how can you make a plan to be somewhere far from TV, radio and any environment you associate with the Super Bowl?
Most people have at least a few friends who do not watch any football, no matter how big the game. If you can, make plans to have a potluck or another activity with them on this day.
Escape rooms, the movies and other occupations can keep you busy and engaged without exposing you to the temptation of sports betting. Many people even host anti-Super Bowl parties. Finding one of these can allow you to enjoy the good food and camaraderie many associate with the Super Bowl without risking exposure to gambling triggers.
Hand Your Finances to Someone Else
With game day looming, it can be helpful to have a supportive friend or relative take control of your finances in the time heading up to the game. Many people who are recovering from problem sports betting start off with a strict budget and little access to credit cards or cash. They are allowed a strict allowance per day or week and cannot ask for more if they go through it too quickly.
By removing money from the equation well ahead of the game, you can reduce the chance of making a quick bet while you are having a conversation at work or driving around performing your normal errands. As you develop stronger coping mechanisms over time, you can take back more control of your finances, just handing over the keys when sensitive dates loom near.
Realize a Relapse Isn't a Failure
Recovery is an ongoing process. Many people experience setbacks on the way. If you experience a relapse centered around the Super Bowl or another sports betting event, it is important to realize this is not the end. Do not judge yourself harshly. Instead, begin again and continue to move forward one day at a time.
There's no need to go this alone. At Algamus Gambling Treatment Services we have over 25 years of dedicated and continuous service when it comes to gambling treatment. Contact us today for a free consultation.