We should always understand the importance of gambling responsibly and being in control of our actions when playing any gambling related game. A lack of understanding on this matter can very quickly lead to serious issues for both yourself and your loved ones. On this page we will look at some indicators that either yourself, or somebody that you're concerned about might be showing, and more importantly where you can contact for immediate help.
If either yourself or somebody that you know are showing any signs on the following list, then it could be signs of a potential issue with gambling. If this is the case, then we strongly suggest that you seek help through one of the recognised bodies on this page.
- Being preoccupied with gambling, such as constantly planning how to get more gambling money
- Needing to gamble with increasing amounts of money to get the same thrill
- Trying to control, cut back or stop gambling, without success
- Feeling restless or irritable when you try to cut down on gambling
- Gambling to escape problems or relieve feelings of helplessness, guilt, anxiety or depression
- Trying to get back lost money by gambling more (chasing losses)
- Lying to family members or others to hide the extent of your gambling
- Jeopardizing or losing important relationships, a job, or school or work opportunities because of gambling
- Resorting to theft or fraud to get gambling money
- Asking others to bail you out of financial trouble because you gambled money away
National Problem Gambling Clinic
The CNWL National Problem Gambling Clinic treats problem gamblers living in England and Wales who are aged 16 and over. It assesses the needs of problem gamblers as well as those of their partners and family members and offers evidence based treatments as well as interventions to assist with financial, employment, social and relationship difficulties.
Telephone: 020 7381 7722
Gamblers Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who have joined together to do something about their own gambling problem and help other compulsive gamblers do the same. There are regional fellowships around the world.
GamCare provides, advice, support and free counselling for the prevention and treatment of problem gambling. In addition to a telephone support line, GamCare provides a range of online support services, from our confidential NetLine, through to peer-to-peer services including our Forum and Chat/Support room.
Telephone: 0808 8020 133
Gamble Aware provides valuable advice on responsible gambling geared at all types of gambling both on-line and land based.