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Asking For Help

The first step is always the hardest but we’re here to help you take it. If you know that your gambling is causing you difficulty but you’re not sure how to talk to someone about it, we’re here to listen and give advice on how to overcome your problem. When the people in your life know about your gambling – and, more importantly, know that you want to do something about it – it makes it much easier for you to make changes.

It may be that your friends and family already have an idea that you have a gambling problem. They may react with anger, distress, shock, sadness, or they might not seem to quite understand how you feel because it can take a bit of time for the people who care about you to get their heads around what you’re up against. Then again, they could also be very understanding right from the start. If people offer you help and support, take them up on it. You don’t have to work through things on your own and they want to help you because they care about you. You’d do the same for them, so let them do it for you.

It also helps if you’re clear and specific about what you want, or need, from the person you’re asking for help:

  • “I’d really appreciate it if you could help me keep an eye on my money for a while.”
  • “I need someone to hang out with so I have something to do when I feel like I want to gamble, would it be OK if I call you when I feel like that?”
  • “I’m going to call the GamCare HelpLine and find out about getting help, will you come with me?”

Help your friends and family find out more. 

The more the people in your life know about gambling, the better they’ll understand the situation and what they can do to support you. To help make this go more quickly and smoothly, you can:

  • direct them to this website
  • encourage them to give us a call on the freephone HelpLine: 0808 8020 133