Gambling addiction is a serious mental health problem, but it is an obstacle which can be overcome with the right help! Acknowledgement of the addiction is a great first step, and this insight will be a useful ally in your road to recovery.
We are here to help every step of the way, and we have listed a number of suggestions below which we strongly encourage you to consider if you feel that you identify with the following signs.
Do you find it difficult to stop gambling?
Has tried to stop gambling or cut down a number of times without success
I spend more money and time on gambling than I would like to. The amount of time and money I dedicate to gambling is always increasing.
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Identifying the problem is great, but it is important to keep the momentum going by taking some important steps. We have some practical advice on how we can begin tackling the problem.
One of the most important steps you can take if you feel you have developed a gambling addiction is to inform any online operators of this so that they can close your account. This is a crucial step in the road to recovery. It will afford you some protection if you are ever tempted to play on these websites, and will reduce the chance of relapse. The closure of your LeoVegas account does not signal the end of our journey together – we will still be available to listen and provide you with any help we can!
Installing the software offered by either Gamban or BetFilter on any device you use to gamble will restrict your access to any website from which a bet can be made. This discrete tool reduces the risk of relapse as it adds a secondary layer of protection between you and gambling, keeping you firmly on the road to recovery. Your purchasing options are flexible, and allows you to use the product for a period of time that suits your needs. We have partnered with Gamban to offer free subscriptions for customers who feel that they may have developed a gambling addiction and who wish to stop gambling altogether. If you feel that this may benefit you, we encourage you to contact our Customer Support team about this service.
Getting in touch with the professionals at GambleAware, GamCare and Gamblers Anonymous will help get you started with any treatment you may require. GamCare offer a concise list of relevant and useful information, which will serve as a more in-depth guide on where you can find help. The organisation also offers rehabilitation for problem gamblers in the form of free counselling service as well as advice on debt management. The services also offer chatrooms, forums, and meetings wherein you can share your experiences and learn from the experiences of others. It is not possible to change the past, but your actions today could have a very positive impact on your future! The desire for change is an important step, and the National Gambling Helpline (0808 8020 133) may be a very good starting point!