For some people, gambling becomes a problem that is out of control and that causes problems for them and their families.
Signs of a gambling problem or addiction:
You use gambling as a way to cope with stress, worry or anxieties in life.
There is an increase in how often you gamble or how much you spend.
You spend more money on gambling than you can afford. You risk debt or financial problems (such as losing your home) if you continue to gamble.
The time you spend gambling means you neglect other parts of your life, such as work or family.
You lose control of the time or money you spend on gambling.
Support for gambling:
You could talk to a G.P. as a first step. He or she may be able to refer you to someone who can give you more specialised help with this difficulty.
Provides support to anyone who wants to stop gambling.
The Rise Foundation
Supports families with loved ones in addiction, including gambling addiction.