If you or someone you care about is battling with gambling addiction, you are not alone. There is guidance, support, and help available to help you on your journey towards a brighter future.
What is Gambling Addiction?
Gambling addiction, also known as compulsive gambling or problem gambling, is a condition where an individual cannot control their urge to gamble, despite harmful consequences. It’s not just a financial issue; it affects relationships, mental health, and overall well-being.
Signs and Symptoms
- Constant thoughts about gambling
- Increasing bets to chase losses
- Neglecting responsibilities and relationships
- Feeling restless or irritable when not gambling
- Repeated unsuccessful attempts to quit
If you or someone you know is experiencing these signs, seeking help is a crucial first step.
The NHS has put together a helpful booklet on how they can help, how to self refer and who can access the service
GamCare are a leading charity offering support for gambling addiction. They offer FREE support lines including live chats, WhatsApp and phone calls as well as recovery toolkits and expert advice.
If you are worried that yourself or someone you know might be struggling with gambling you can take the free quiz at Gamble Aware they also offer FREE and confidential advice.
The Citizens Advice can also offer help, advice and guidance with gambling and finances.