Help for problems with gambling

Problems with gambling can harm your health and relationships, and leave you in serious debt.

If your gambling is causing problems for you or your loved ones and you'd like to stop, support and treatment is available.

Are you having problems with gambling?

Try this questionnaire:

Score 0 for each time you answer "never"
Score 1 for each time you answer "sometimes"
Score 2 for each time you answer "most of the time"
Score 3 for each time you answer "almost always"

If your total score is 8 or higher, your gambling might be causing problems for you or those closest to you.

Help for people who have problems with gambling

There's evidence that gambling can be successfully treated in the same way as other addictions. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) usually has the best results.

Treatment and support groups are available for people who want to stop gambling.

GamCare

GamCare offers free information, support and counselling for people who have problems with gambling in the UK.

It runs the National Gambling Helpline (0808 8020 133) and also offers face-to-face counselling. The helpline is free and open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The National Centre for Behavioural Addictions

If you live in England or Wales, are aged 13 or over and have complex problems related to gambling, you can refer yourself to the National Problem Gambling Clinic, which includes the Young Persons' Problem Gambling Clinic.

Find out more on the National Centre for Behavioural Addictions website

NHS Northern Gambling Service

The NHS Northern Gambling Service provides specialist addiction therapy in the north of England, including the north Midlands.

Find out about referrals and contacting the Northern Gambling Service

NHS Southern Gambling Service

The NHS Southern Gambling Service offers a specialist service providing treatment to people experiencing problems with gambling.

Find out more about referrals on the Southern Gambling Service website

West Midlands Gambling Harm Clinic

The West Midlands Gambling Harm Clinic provides specialist addiction therapy for people who have problems with gambling.

Find out more on the West Midlands Gambling Harm Clinic website

Gordon Moody Association

Gordon Moody offers residential courses for people who have problems with gambling.

You can email help@gordonmoody.org.uk or call 01384 241292 to find out more.

It also runs the Gambling Therapy website, which offers online support to people who have problems with gambling and their friends and family.

Gamblers Anonymous

Gamblers Anonymous runs local support groups that use the same 12-step approach to recovery from addiction as Alcoholics Anonymous.

There are also GamAnon support groups for friends and family.

Things you can do if gambling is causing you problems

Do:

Don't:

The Royal College of Psychiatrists website has more advice if you're having problems with gambling

If you're affected by someone's gambling

If you're being negatively affected by another person's gambling, support is available:

Real stories of recovery from gambling

Tell your own story and post messages of support in the GamCare recovery diaries forum.