How to Overcome a Gambling Addiction – 5 Tips on Self Help For Gambling Problems

If gambling filled a huge void in your life, was an escape for your problems, and the only thing you really did for recreation, then it may more difficult for you to overcome a compulsive gambling addiction.

There is no easy fix or easy way for said self help for gambling. If I that there was, I would not be telling you the truth.

I can say, however, that there are solutions for compulsive gambling that can be used as you help yourself get past your compulsive gambling addiction.

Here are 5 Tips On Self -Help For Gambling Problems:
1. Make a decision to stop gambling, even it is for that day. Fill your day with other activities that are unrelated to gambling.Go see a movie, have dinner with friends, go to the library, or do some shopping. Whatever you do, do not gamble.

2. Look for a counselor in your area if you believe that you cannot overcome a gambling addiction on your own. You will also learn practical self-help techniques as well, but you will have the one one support. Look for a counselor who specializes in compulsive gambling addiction.

3. Seek out a Gamblers Anonymous group in your area. Group support is important when you are looking for ways to stop gambling. Gambling problems help can be found in support groups related to gambling addiction, and this can be invaluable to you.

4. When you have the urge to gamble again, take a few minutes to visualize what it felt like for you on your way back from the casino. You most likely will feel this horrible feeling before you make the decision to gamble again. Is this what you want to feel again later today? That horrible emptiness and despair in the pit of your stomach. This visualization is a powerful tool.

5. There are some wonderful self-help books and courses on how to overcome a gambling problems. These self-help books for gambling problems can be brief and to the point, and also more intense, depending on what you choose to help you with your compulsive gambling addiction.
It is hoped that some of these tips on how to overcome a gambling addiction were helpful to you. As stated previously, solutions for compulsive gambling do exist, and it is possible to recover from your gambling problem.

Be patient with yourself and make that courageous decision to quit gambling. You will be glad you did.

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Gambling Is Growing World Wide – Perhaps at an Alarming Rate, You Decide

The other day, I was contacted by an eBook author with a new gambling eBook on Amazon, made for Kindle Users, he asked if I’d like to review it. Alan Samonte’s newest book on gambling; “The Gambling System That Works,” does sound interesting, and I think he’s touching on a real uptrend here. It is as if just recently we’ve seen a bit of growth in the number of gamblers out there in recent months.

Interestingly enough, I’ve done a bit of writing on the topic of gambling. You see, after traveling across the US, I have visited all the major gambling areas, and some small ones out of the way too, mostly on Indian Reservations or near state lines, rivers, or other areas in the gray area of law, allowing for such.

Indeed, I’ve seen mesmerized senior citizens at slot machines, brought in by the busload, Asian tourists, and high-rollers. I’ve also visited the outskirts of Las Vegas where the “Shanty Towns” are similar to the depictions in the movie “Pay it Forward” and I’ve met gambling addicts, as well as those who love to have some fun in moderation, so my experiences and observations indeed run the gambit. Still, it seems that things are on the rise in the gambling world, why I can only guess.

My conclusion is that the economy and prospects for the future are causing some of this. Of course, the rest is just good casino marketing, branding, and all the special offers, players clubs, and incentives. For those who just like to have a little fun and don’t blow it or gamble beyond their means it is a great way to entertain. For others, well, there are some sad stories out there of course, but being as we do live in a free country, we must also understand choice.

Why do I see gambling on the rise? Well, it seems everywhere I look, in the media, online and in the real world, there is growth in the gambling sector, and it’s very competitive, not just in the USA, but world-wide – and not just in the real world but online too.

Recently in Japan Today newspaper there was a story about how Japan is wants to open up gambling in the country stating that the government needs the money and could tax the revenues, rather than losing out as Japanese travel to Macau, Singapore, and Las Vegas.

There have been reports that the US Congress may yield to pressure to make online gambling in the US legal, as they clean up the current illegal online gaming sector first. For instance the WSJ had an article “Gambling Site Bodog Shut Down Amid Ongoing Crackdown,” and “US Shuts Sports-Betting Site, Indicts the Founder of Bodog,” published on February 28, 2012.

There was a cool article in the Atlanta Business Journal on Leap Day 2012 entitled; “Developer proposes $1 billion gambling complex,” written by Carla Caldwell, which stated that a GA Developer “wants to build a hotel, theater and a game floor with 7,500 video lottery machines, which could generate $350 million yearly to the state’s struggling HOPE Scholarship program. Even though state lawmakers are searching for ways to help HOPE, gambling proposals don’t typically gain widespread support.”

There was another segment on CBS News on March 1, 2012 entitled; “Florida House votes to ban so-called Internet cafes,” which discussed how folks were going online at Internet Coffee shops and betting online, which is against FL and US Law for people to do that, while the Café stated that they don’t tell people what they can and cannot do online, even though the place is set-up for gambling online in this way. The segment stated that FL legislators voted to close 1,000 of these types of ‘storefront operations and one legislator dramatically stated;

“These are truly the crack cocaine of gambling,” and the segment went onto say; Internet cafes sell customers either phone cards or Internet time. But they also offer customers a chance to redeem electronic sweepstakes on computers that use software that mimics casino-styled games.”

Okay so, what is it about gambling that so intrigues humans? Turns out there is a very real psychological reason for human gambling, and I bet that will increase as the human minds in our society continue down the path of instant information, entertainment, and the need to be globally connected in real time, and having continuous mental stimulation – something that gambling does definitely provide with all its excitement, fear, and fun.

Out in CA we have lots of Indian Casinos offering deals on meals, and gambling fun, even though in CA gambling is not allowed, but these are on Indian Property of course, which is common throughout the US. Because gambling is so fun, it attracts people from all walks of life; grandmothers, CEOs, the unemployed, and even those who are in charge of enforcing it all. It breaks all barriers of race, religion, nationality, socio-economic planes, and intelligence levels. Gambling is a human thing, I doubt we could stop it if we tried.

If folks don’t gamble in casinos, they’ll do it at the horse track, stock market, in business, or some other endeavor where they can pit chance against the potential eventuality for monetary gain. Indeed, I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.

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Avoid Gambling Away Profit Points In Your Movie Like Casino Chips Or You Will Go Bust

I think there is a gambling streak in indie filmmakers and movie producers. Not even close to a streak like in one of my favorite gambling movies made – The Gambler (1974). Making movies is not exactly the safest bet, but the action is a rush, and payoffs can be in the millions. Not to mention making one hit indie movie can lead to studio deals where the sky is the limit. Like with professional gamblers, you have to play smart and not take avoidable risks.

I’ve read a few articles and books that have suggested one way to save money on an indie budget is to offer actors and crew members “points” (percent of movie profits) instead of giving them a paycheck, or the preferred form in the indie scene – cold hard cash. They sacrifice being paid upfront for a potential share of any profits the movie makes. On the surface this sounds appealing because hard money doesn’t have to be raised and spent to hire people.

Below the surface there are issues that make giving out points to actors and crew problematic. For many aspiring filmmakers “points” won’t feel like real money they’re dealing with.

It’s similar to people gambling with casino chips. When they’re playing with casino chips it doesn’t feel like real money, even though casino chips do represent real dollar amounts. Casino chips only become real to many people when it’s time cash them in for real money or they have to spend real money to get more.

This same attitude can be seen when giving out “points”. A person can think, “I’m making a movie now (gambling). I’ll worry about cashing out “points” (casino chips) later.

A filmmaker that’s financially shortsighted is more open to offer “points” like Halloween candy to actors and crew. When it does come time to cash in those “points” a filmmaker realizes they’ve shot themselves in the foot if their indie film is successful. Between “points” paid out to actors, crew and film investors (who always get points), they’ll be lucky to earn anything off their own creative talents and sweat equity.

What if you do end up with a hit indie movie on your hands? It nets (money the filmmaker actually receives) one million dollars in profits through some of these potential outlets.

• Theatrical Release
• Domestic DVD and Video Sales
• Sale of Foreign Distribution Rights
• VOD (video on demand) Sales
• Cable/Satellite Television Rights
• Internet Outlets

Just to illustrate the point, here is a clear-cut example. Say there is an actor or crewmember that normally might have been paid $1,000 for their work cashes in their “points.” Even one single point would be worth $10,000. Imagine repeating giving away that much of your movie’s profits on “points” given out.

A filmmaker could be in a position where the only way to get their movie done is to offer “points” to actors or crew, but be judicious when deciding how many “points” to hand out to an actor or key crewmember. Always leave meat on the bone so you can eat too.

Film investors that put up money to make a movie always receive “points.” That’s how a movie investor sees a return on their money, like in another financial investment. Enough “points” will belong to investors that put up money to produce a film without including actor and crew “points” you have to pay out too.

Do not end up a tragic character in your own real life movie that discovers they gambled their movie away. Every person involved made money, except our real life hero who made it possible. Treat “points” like your movie is already going to be a profitable venture.

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Making Movies and Film Investors

There are extremely talented potential filmmakers out there that never make a movie because they just can’t bring themselves to take the leap of faith. Saying yes to making a movie starts with an attitude that regardless if your movie is entertaining or terrible at least you give it an honest go to see if you got the fire in you to make movies.

In the world of making of movies, especially at the indie film level, there are zero guarantees that every aspiring filmmaker that sets out to go from screenplay to distributed movie will make it to the end. Making movies is risky creatively and financially. Sometimes a movie falls apart during pre-production, filming or in post-production for lots of different reasons.

Making a movie to me is like gambling. You try your best as a filmmaker to tilt the odds in your favor as much as possible so you can win. Professional gamblers make educated bets and so should filmmakers. The one thing that successful gamblers and filmmakers need is the attitude that they are going to go all in on their movie making risk.

Saying yes to making a movie is really putting your ass out there creatively and financially. Many indie films are funded through family, friends, online movie crowd funding or your own cash. I’m still on the fence if it’s harder to say yes to making a movie with money from family and friends and your own pocket or to deal with film investors.

Honestly, using online movie crowd funding to me is risk free filmmaking. The people that donate aren’t giving you money expecting to ever see anything back or get a return on investment. It’s like gambling with a bankroll that’s free. When I donate money to the people that set up shop outside of stores I don’t expect anything back when I put money in the box or bucket.

It’s like lending money to that one relative or friend that you know will never be able to pay it back, but you like them and still want to help them out without holding it over their head.

When you use money from family, friends, your own money or film investors cash there is a much stronger sense to get the movie done in my opinion. No filmmaker wants to face family, friends or film investors and say they couldn’t finish the movie. Friends and family are always forgiving in the end, but you’ll still feel an emotional letdown if you can’t deliver a finished movie like you told them you would.

Film investors are not forgiving and will cut you off from future film funds. They can write off the loss, but your reputation will take a hit and you’ll lose out on them investing in your movies in the future. Finding money to make movies is harder than making the movie. Without film financing you only have a screenplay and a movie making dream keeping you company.

I always like to try to put out the brutal honesty first before getting to the feel good part of things. The great thing about saying yes to making a movie is you’re moving from being one of the people that only talks about making movies and never does it.

When you’re not even in the game you can’t win or lose. You sit on the creative sidelines as a spectator thinking “woulda, coulda, shoulda” about your movie making passion. When you mentally commit to taking the creative leap of faith you’ll feel a rush of genuine excitement. That’s living!

You’re movie making fire is now lit and you’re ready to roll. You’re no longer going to be a talented potential filmmaker. You will be a filmmaker doer. Each movie project is different, but here are few thoughts that might help sharpen you’re movie production. This isn’t for aspiring filmmakers that want to write a screenplay that needs a million dollar budget.

Thoughts on Making Movies

First, think of your marketing and distribution plan before writing the screenplay. This gives you the chance to think of movie product placement and other marketing avenues you can write into the screenplay to boost earning potential.

Second, before writing a screenplay think about the film budget you will need and where you plan on getting that money. Indie filmmakers are masters at writing screenplays based on what their resources are.

I know it sounds like the craft of screenwriting should come first, but for a first time indie filmmaker it’s important to understand making movies is a business. You need to be able to exploit, yes exploit, as many marketing and product placement opportunities as possible.

Family and friends will invest in you because of your relationship, but still respect their hard earned money like you would if they were film investors you didn’t know. Avoid being sloppy with paperwork. Give them the same kind of investor package you would if you were pitching to a film investor that wanted a return on investment.

Make sure the locked screenplay is tight as possible before spending one dollar of film investor money. A screenplay that is overwritten and packed with fluff will burn through production money fast.

During filming don’t take the approach studio budget movies do. You’re not going to be able to have 20 takes of scene to get it right. There’s not enough money in an indie film budget to shoot it with a Hollywood filmmaker mentality.

You’re really have to get in there on set and kickass on scenes. Not every take you’re going to love or even like, but it’s a time issue when shooting indie films. You have to be able to accept you’re not going to have the luxury of doing take after take.

When a scene is covered move on and don’t look back even if it didn’t turn out how you envisioned. Being take happy during filming will lead to you running out of money and having an unfinished film that will need finishing funds to complete.

Tackle post-production with the same attitude you did on set to get the movie done.

Film investors will ride your ass unlike family or friends when it comes to when the movie will be done, sold and their money paid. Don’t get shaken or take it personally. The business world is not warm and fuzzy full of hugs and kisses.

At the end when you finish your movie you will have a feeling like none you’ve ever had before. It’s a creative climax saying yes to making a movie.

It beats the hell out of only talking about making movies. Good luck with your future film and cheers.

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