Problem gambling

Help for gambling

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Practical things you can do now

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Taking steps to get help now to overcome gambling problems can help you regain control of your money, time and life, and reduce the impacts on your mental health, family, and relationships.

1. Identify or admit you may have a problem or be at risk of developing a problem.

2. Talk to someone you trust about your gambling. This will be the first step to finding the best way forward and developing a plan to cut down or stop.

3. Call the Gambling Helpline. They can talk to you confidentially and provide information and self-help tools.

4. Contact a gambling help service such as Gamblers Anonymous or another service in your local community. Even one session with a counsellor or support worker can help you assess your situation and set up a plan to help you.

5. Ask a friend to check in with you. Having the support of a close friend can be very helpful.

6. See a financial counsellor. After seeking help for your problem gambling behaviours, a financial counsellor can assess your financial concerns and help set up a plan to manage debts.

I was met with the most beautiful woman who saw my pain. She didn't ask me how much money I'd lost. She could see how destroyed I was as a human being.

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