Admission is the first step to resolving a gambling problem. However, you first need to know whether or not you actually have a gambling problem. That’s why we’ve put together this guide which will first aim to identify whether or not you have a problem. If you do have a problem, then we’ll provide help and advice on how you can resolve that problem.
There are many types of gambler, many of which aren’t problem gamblers, but if you find yourself compulsively or emotionally gambling then this can be the first sign that you have a problem.
Do You Have a Gambling Problem?
We’ve got 8 questions to ask you. If you find yourself answering yes to any of the following then there’s a high chance that you have a gambling problem and we highly advise that you seek help. Don’t worry, we’ll explain how you can get help.
#1: Have you ever bet more than you can afford to lose?
#2: Do you find yourself betting larger amounts to get the same excitement?
#3: Do you increase your stakes to try and recover losses from a previous day?
#4: Have you borrowed money or sold things to pay for your gambling habits?
#5: Have family members or friends ever questioned your gambling habits?
#6: Do you ever feel guilty about the way you gamble?
#7: Has your gambling caused you any health issues such as depression or anxiety?
#8: Has your gambling resulted in financial strains in the home?
The more of the above that you answered yes to, the worse your gambling problem is likely to be. As difficult as it may seem, you need to be brutally honest when answering these questions. The questions either require a yes or a no answer. They’re either true or they’re false. So if you lied to yourself then go back to those 8 questions and be truthful to yourself.
The hardest step is admitting to yourself that you have a problem. There are plenty of charities and support groups out there to help resolve your gambling problem but if you can’t admit that you need to yourself then you’ll never be able to rectify it.
“I Have a Gambling Problem, Help me”
If you answered yes to any of our questions above and you’re then able to say “I have a gambling problem, help me” to yourself then you have made the greatest and hardest step in the right direction.
Before we get to how you can get help for your addiction, be proud that you have been able to admit to yourself that you have a problem.
Below we have gone through the huge array of options you now have for starting your journey to recovery. Don’t put off getting help. Don’t say you’ll do it later tonight or at the end of the week. Instead, act now:
Getting Help for Your Gambling Problem
Fortunately in the UK, there are a vast array of support groups, helplines and charities that are in place to help you when it comes to your gambling addiction. We’ve covered the main ones below:
Call the National Gambling Helpline
Whether you are calling about your own gambling problem or the gambling addiction of a family member, the National Gambling Helpline offers one of the easiest support channels. You can call them on the free number 0808 8020 133 between 8am and midnight, seven days a week.
Live Chat with GamCare
If you’re too anxious to talk to someone over the phone, then GamCare offer a superb live chat support channel which you can access here. The live chat is available 7 days a week from 8am through to midnight. The chat is completely anonymous and confidential and makes for a great starting point if you want to talk to an expert on how you can get further help.
You’ve probably heard of AA and their regular meetings. Thankfully there is a similar set up for gambling addicts. They offer online live chat, support groups and advice. Check out Gamblers Anonymous.
They might not be focussed on gambling but if you’re simply looking for someone to talk to you then asking The Samaritans is the perfect step. You can call them on 116 123 which is available 24hrs a day, 365 days a year. If you need further advice then visit their website.
Remember you’ve already made the huge step in admitting that you have a problem. Getting help is the easy part thanks to the above options. The next big step you need to make is to act upon your admission.