Help For Gambling Problems

Gambling involves placing an item of value, such as money or a car, on an event with an uncertain outcome. The activity can be enjoyable, but it also has risks. If you have a gambling problem, help is available.

If you know someone who has a gambling problem, try to talk about it with them in a non-judgmental way. They may be defensive but you should try and get them to understand that their gambling is causing harm.

You can support someone who has a gambling problem by encouraging them to seek professional help and by making sure they do so. You can also offer emotional support, listen and try to understand their situation. You can encourage them to spend time with friends who don’t gamble, take up a new hobby or practice relaxation techniques.

People who have a mental health condition are more likely to be at risk of harmful gambling and should seek help and advice immediately. They can contact their GP or local drug and alcohol service for support and information. They can also speak to a trained counsellor at a specialist gambling treatment service.

People who gamble are often trying to escape unpleasant feelings, such as boredom or depression. They can use the illusion that they will become happier if they continue to gamble, but this is only temporary. Ultimately, genuine happiness can only be built by dealing with these uncomfortable feelings in healthier ways.

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