Can you Get Addicted to Scratch Cards?
Scratch cards are simple to play and require no skill – it is all down to chance and probabilities. They are quick to play and offer instant gratification and as such they can easily become addictive.
Is Buying Scratch Cards Gambling?
How to Know if you are Addicted to Scratch Cards
The following are symptoms of scratch card addiction:
- General irritability
- Lying about buying scratch cards
- Making sure there is time in your day to go to the shop to purchase a scratch card
- Spending money needed for other things on scratch cards
- Constantly feeling the need to buy another scratch card
- Feeling bad after buying scratch cards but then going back to play again
How to Stop Scratch Cards Addiction
Gamblers can set themselves free from the issue – as long as they go about it in the right way.
Most mainstream methods of helping scratch card and gambling addicts focus on the use of willpower. The idea is to have the scratch card addict acknowledge that their problem is ruining their lives and the lives of their loved ones, and that they should commit to a lifelong battle resisting the temptation to buy more scratch cards. If the gambler feeling bad about what they’ve done to their family and swearing never to buy a scratch card again really worked – the gambler wouldn’t have ended up seeking the treatment prescribing they do exactly that. They will have sworn off buying scratch cards dozens of times and failed. Some programmes even rely on the addict acknowledging that they have an incurable disease which they will have to battle for the rest of their lives! No wonder they make people miserable!
The key to curing scratch card addiction is to have the addict understand exactly what it is that they think they enjoy about it. Gamblers already know about the downsides; the cost, the debts, the loss of property & love, and the utter shame – there’s no point in ramming that down their throat. It’s highly patronising and entirely counter-productive. But looking at their perceived advantages of buying scratch cards and gambling, and understanding the process they went through in becoming addicted is an entirely empowering, enlightening, and positive process which leaves the gambler ready to walk away from something that was devastating their lives and the lives of their family, with a smile on their face, like someone who has been released from the darkest, dankest, most uncomfortable dungeon.
Surprisingly this process, far from being a lifetime battle, or requiring residential treatment (which itself costs thousands and thousands of pounds) takes just a few hours. In fact, if you’re a scratch card addict reading this there is no doubt that you can already sense, albeit sceptically, a little light at the end of the tunnel for the first time in your life. Get in touch with Allen Carr’s Easyway to Stop Gambling programme.
Allen Carr’s Easyway understands how gambling makes them feel and, without being judgemental or patronising, we take them through the process of how to free themselves from the addiction to gambling. We demonstrate how gamblers fall into the trap, the psychology behind being addicted to risk and how to quit gambling once and for all.