Gambling Problem – Support and Advice
Gambling is a fun pastime but everyone must be responsible. If you have a gambling addiction problem or think you might, we encourage you to seek help. Individuals experiencing gambling problems and others affected by problem gambling should seek help. The following organizations are available to provide free and confidential advice on matters of problem gambling:
Gambling Therapy offer online support to non-UK residents addicted to gambling and those who show problematic gambling behavior. Further information can be found at www.gamblingtherapy.org.
Gamblers Anonymous provide confidential telephone support and face-to-face counselling to anyone who is affected by problem gambling. Gamblers Anonymous can be contacted at www.gamblersanonymous.org/ga.
BeGambleAware – UK
BeGambleAware aims to promote responsibility in gambling. They provide information to help people make informed decisions about gambling and where to go for support and advice. Further information can be found at www.begambleaware.org
Gamcare – UK
GamCare, a registered charity, has become the leading authority on the provision of counselling, advice and practical help in addressing the social impact of gambling in the UK. GamCare operates the national telephone helpline for anyone affected by a gambling problem and operates a network of both face-to-face and online counselling and support services. Further information can be found at www.gamcare.org.uk/
National Council on Problem Gambling
The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) is a national advocacy group that promotes programs and services to assist people and families affected by problem gambling. NCPG offers support and counselling referrals that may help you through personal, gaming-related issues. Further information can be found at www.ncpgambling.org/
Friends and Family
We understand that problem gambling not only affects the gambler, but also their friends and family members. Often people who develop a problem do not realize it.
If you are concerned that a friend or family member has developed a gambling problem, here are some of the possible warning signs:
– Uncontrolled spending
– Spending significant amounts of time gambling
– Concealing or lying about gambling behavior
– Borrowing money or stealing in order to gamble
– Gambling impacting on relationships or causing arguments
– Withdrawal from activities with family and friends
– Loss of interest in hobbies or leisure pursuits
– Neglecting work or studies
We recommend that you encourage the individual to contact the organizations listed above to discuss their gambling behavior and to seek help. You can also contact these organizations to discuss the matter.