Problem gambling can often go unnoticed and sometimes it is difficult to determine whether it is a problem. Problem gambling refers to gambling behaviours that negatively impact your life. In this blog, we will outline signs that indicate that you may have an issue with gambling and how to access free, specialist and confidential information, advice and support.
1. Hide your gambling from your friends and family
You might feel embarrassed by how often or how much money you gamble, or feel the need to hide the extent of your gambling from your family and friends, for fear of being criticised.
2. Gamble more money than you can afford to lose
You might gamble all of your money, gamble more than you can afford, or be borrowing money in order to fund your gambling.
3. Can’t stop once you start
You may not be able to control your gambling, and continue to gamble regardless of your losses. You chase your losses and your wins.
4. Are preoccupied with gambling and neglect important areas of your life
You might think about gambling for most or all of your day and take time out of work to gamble. You might be so focused on gambling and its consequences, that you neglect relationships and responsibilities. You are there but not there.
5. Experience extreme emotions and behaviour during or after gambling
You might experience a high when you win or anticipate winning, but losses result in low mood, guilt and shame.
What to do next?
Speak to someone
If you think this sounds like you, then you may have a gambling problem. By coming to our website you have taken a positive step towards recovery. The next step is getting help from a professional.
At krysallis we have a range of confidential services and expert therapists on hand to help you. Due to COVID-19 we are currently offering online and telephone therapy. This remote support is exactly the same specialist, therapeutic support as face to face. Studies have found that online therapy is just as effective as face to face sessions and that telephone therapy can be more focused than face to face.
Check out the GamCare self assessment tool on our website, it only takes five minutes and is completely anonymous.
Other Help Available
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