If you do experience an urge there is support available 24 hours 7 days a week, either online, or by calling 1800 858 858.
You can manage urges by being aware of an increased desire or 'urge' to gamble. Learning to cope with urges when they arise is a crucial component to staying quit.
Think of an urge as being like a wave. Urges start off as nothing, perhaps a gentle ripple out to sea but as they come closer to shore they get bigger and bigger, until they break. To stay in control, you need to learn to ride that wave into shore rather than get dumped.
If you experience an urge, tell yourself that you will wait for a period of time before making the decision to gamble or not. This period could be anywhere from a few minutes to an hour or longer.
Concerned about how you can manage an urge? It is normal to feel this way.
Contact an online counsellor for more information and support.