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
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!
If your friend or loved one feels that they are unable to stop gambling, it would be encouraging for them to hear about the tools offered by Gamban and BetFilter. Installing this software on any device he/she uses to gamble will restrict 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 the individual and gambling, keeping them firmly on the road to recovery.
We strongly encourage you to install the software on any device you share with this individual. The purchasing options are flexible, and allow you to use the product for a period of time the individual’s needs.
If a friend or family member is a problem gambler, this can take its toll on you. It is important to remember that you are not alone! There is a wealth of resources available for problem gamblers and their friends and family. GambleAware, GamCare, Gambling Therapy and Gamblers Anonymous are all dedicated to raising awareness about and minimizing the effects of problem gambling. GamCare offer aconcise 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 specific advice for you as someone who is indirectly affected by problem gambling. A free counselling service is also available, as well as advice on debt management. The services also offer chatrooms, forums, and meetings wherein your loved one can share his/her experiences and learn from the experiences of others.
You could be a vital part of your loved one’s recovery, and we are here to support you should you need us. The fact that you are willing to help is commendable, and the Problem Gambling Support Helpline may be a very good starting point!