Help For Gambling Problems


Gambling involves risking something of value – money, for example – on an event that is based largely on chance. You then hope to win a prize if the outcome of that event is what you bet on. People gamble for a variety of reasons, including socialising with friends, getting an adrenaline rush or to escape from stress and worries. However, for some people, gambling can become addictive and cause serious harm. If you think someone may have a gambling problem, there are a number of ways to get help, such as treatment, peer support groups and self-help tips.

Many people experience a “early win” shortly after they start gambling, and this can lead to addiction. A big win can create a feeling of excitement and elation, which can make you want to gamble more in order to recreate the feeling. It’s also important to remember that your loved one didn’t choose to become addicted and they probably don’t understand how gambling works.

Always gamble with money you can afford to lose and never use funds that you need to pay bills or rent. Try to balance gambling with other activities, such as going out for a meal or cinema trips. Don’t borrow to gamble and avoid gambling when you are stressed, upset or depressed. Don’t chase your losses – the more you try to win back what you’ve lost, the bigger your losses are likely to be. You can also find support online from self-help organisations like Gamblers Anonymous and StepChange.