Gambling problem help

Do you admit or see that you have a gambling problem? If you aren’t sure, but suppose you might, then try to discover that you do.

We all know that gambling can be a lot of fun, but we have also all heard of someone that has lost control and overshot the mark. Let’s face the truth, some people do become addicted to gambling, always wondering for the next big win that is always «within a stone’s-throw». This case doesn’t have to be you.

Warning signs of gambling problem

We would like to share with you a set of 20 questions composed by Gamblers Anonymous that you should ask yourself if you think you may have a gambling problem:

 

  • Did you ever lose time from work or study due to gambling?
  • Has gambling ever made your family-home-life unhappy?
  • Did gambling affect negatively your reputation?
  • Have you ever felt remorse and ashamed after gambling?
  • Did you ever gamble to get money with which to pay debts or solve financial difficulties?
  • Did gambling cause a decrease in your ambition or efficiency?
  • After losing did you feel you must return as soon as possible and return your luck?
  • Did you have a strong ambition to return and win more after winning?
  • Did you often gamble until your last cent disappeared?
  • Did you ever borrow to finance your gambling?
  • Have you ever sold some of your possessions to finance gambling?
  • Were you reluctant to use «gambling money» for normal expenditures?
  • Did gambling make you careless of the welfare of yourself or your family?
  • Did you ever gamble longer than it was planned?
  • Have you ever gambled to escape anxiety, stress, bore or loneliness?
  • Have you ever committed, or considered committing, an illegal act to finance gambling?
  • Did gambling cause you to have difficulty or disturbance in sleeping?
  • Do arguments or frustrations create within you a desire to gamble?
  • Did you ever have an urge to celebrate any good fortune by a few hours of gambling?
  • Have you ever considered self destruction or suicide as a result of your gambling?

Most  gamblers evident will answer “yes” to at least 7 questions form the list above.

Responsible gambling tips

So, what can you do to reduce the risk of getting yourself into nuisance? UK gambling problem support organisation GamCare publishes the following tips for gambling responsible awareness on their website:

 

  • You’re buying fun, not investing your money
  • Before playing, set strict limits on how much time and money you’re going to spend
  • Quit while you’re ahead
  • Only gamble with money you can afford to lose
  • Don’t spend more money on gambling with the hope to win back money that you have lost
  • Keep up other interests and hobbies — don’t let gambling take over your life
  • Don’t gamble in order to escape from stress or boredom
  • Gambling in moderation is okay
  • The key is… if you choose to gamble, gamble responsibly!

Filtering software

The following list of software packages may be used to restrict access to gambling sites on your computer. Installing one of these programs is highly recommended as a first step to stop gambling in a set of measures.

  • Gamblock: Commercial anti-gambing software for Windows, Android, and Apple IOS devices.
  • Gamban: Commercial anti-gambing software for Windows and Mac OS X.
  • BetFilter: Commercial anti-gambing software for Windows, Mac OS X, Android, and Apple IOS devices.
  • K9 Web Protection: Free web filtering and parental control software for Windows, Mac OS X, Android, and Apple IOS devices that includes a gambling sites category.
  • Net Nanny: Commercial web filtering and parental control software for Windows, Mac OS X, Android, and Apple IOS devices that includes a gambling sites category.
  • CyberSitter: Commercial web filtering and parental control software for Windows.

Help and support organisations

If you have found out that gambling has become a problem for you, you are advised to tell someone and get professional help as soon as possible. Find following some resources that provide help for gamblers with pro in many countries:

International

Gamblers Anonymous: International support group for people with a gambling problem.

Australia

Gambling Help Online: 1800-858-858

Canada

Responsible Gambling Council: Canadian non-profit organisation dedicated to problem gambling prevention

British Columbia Responsible & Problem Gambling Program: 1888-795-6111

France

Institut fédératif des addictions comportementales

Germany

Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung (BZgA): 0800-1-37-27-00

Hong Kong

Caritas Addicted Gamblers Counselling Centre: (852)-1834-633

Ireland

GambleAware Ireland: 1800-753-753

Netherlands

Stichting Anonieme Gokkers Omgeving Gokkers: 0900-217-7721

New Zealand

Problem Gambling Foundation of New Zealand: 0800-664-262

Norway

Hjelpelinjen: 800-800-40

Sweden

Stodlinjen: 020-819100

Switzerland

Careplay: 041 367 48 47

United Kingdom

GamCare: 0808-8020-133

GambleAware: An independent UK charity that funds treatment, research and education about responsible gambling.

United States

National Council on Problem Gambling: United States based national advocate for programs and services to assist problem gamblers and their families.

CA: California Council on Problem Gambling: 1800-426-2537

FL: Florida Council on Problem Gambling: 888-ADMIT-IT

MA: Massachusetts Council on Problem Gambling: 1800-426-1234

NJ: Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey: 1800-GAMBLER

NM: New Mexico Council on Problem Gambling: 1800-572-1142

NV: Nevada Council on Problem Gambling: 1800-522-4700

 

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