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Getting help to control your gambling

We know that gambling can lead to problems for some individuals and their families. Is your gambling causing a problem for you or others around you?

The following signs may indicate a problem:

  • spending more money and time on gambling than you can afford
  • finding it hard to manage or stop your gambling
  • having arguments with family or friends about money and gambling
  • losing interest in usual activities or hobbies like going out with friends or spending time with family
  • always thinking or talking about gambling
  • lying about your gambling or hiding it from other people
  • chasing losses or gambling to get out of financial trouble
  • gambling until all of your money is gone
  • borrowing money, selling possessions or not paying bills in order to pay for gambling
  • needing to gamble with larger amounts of money or for a longer time to get the same feeling of excitement or buzz
  • neglecting work, school, family, personal needs or household responsibilities because of gambling
  • feeling anxious, worried, guilty, depressed or irritable. 

More information about the signs of problem gambling can be found on the Gambleaware and Gamcare websites. They also provide general information about gambling, including how to gamble safely and where to get help if you or someone you know has problems with their gambling. You can call the national gambling helpline free of charge on 0808 8020 133 (open 8am – midnight, 7 days a week). 

This list of problem gambling organisations can also help you find a service that is right for you.  

Need help?

If you would like information about responsible gambling, including how to access confidential support and advice, visit the Gambleaware website.

Gambleaware

If you or someone you know has been affected by gambling you can contact the National Gambling Helpline on 0808 8020133 or visit the GamCare website.  

Gambling Helpline

Listed below are some of the organisations and services available in the UK:

Organisations that provide help and advice on gambling matters

Gambleaware.co.uk

A website that gives advice on gambling responsibly – this means making choices based on all the facts, and staying in control of how much time and money you spend.

Problem gambling

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust

Tel: 020 7534   6699 / 6687

Treats problem gamblers in England and Wales who are aged 16 and over. It assesses the needs of problem gamblers as well as those of their partners and family members, and offers evidence based treatments as well as interventions to assist with financial, employment, social and relationship difficulties.

The Christian Centre for Gambling Rehabilitation

A Chinese Christian charity established in 1996 that helps mainly Chinese-speaking problem gamblers to stop gambling and recover from their addiction and its adverse effects. They provide information, advice and support services which include counselling, money advice and group meetings to pathological gamblers and their relatives and friends.

Count Me Out

A not for profit social enterprise that aims to help vulnerable children and adults who are addicted to, harmed or exploited by gambling by promoting self-exclusion and social responsibility.

Gam-Anon

Support to those affected by another person's gambling. A fellowship of men and women who are husbands, wives, relatives or close friends who have been affected by problem gambling.

Gamblers Anonymous
National helpline number:
02073 843040

A fellowship of men and women who have joined together to do something about their own gambling problem and to help other compulsive gamblers do the same.

Gamblock

Gamblock helps prevent gambling sites running on your PC. Once downloaded, users are directed to the GamBlock website when trying to access a gambling website. The GamBlock website also provides advice to people who have problems controlling their gambling.

GamCare
National helpline number:
0808 8020133

A registered charity that takes a non-judgemental approach to gambling, and a leading authority on the provision of information, advice and practical help in addressing the social impact of gambling.

Gordon Moody Association

Tel: 01384 241292

Provides residential treatment for severely addicted gamblers, as well as providing outreach support and internet counselling service.

Consumer support

Citizens Advice

Helps people resolve their legal, money and other problems by providing free information and advice, and by influencing policymakers.

Debt support organisations

Debt Advice Foundation

A UK debt advice charity offering free, confidential support and advice to anyone worried about debt.

Debt Support Trust
Tel: 0800 058 0226

A not for profit debt charity with trained, friendly debt advisors ready to advise you on available debt solutions.

National Debtline
National helpline number: 08088 084000

Provides free confidential and independent advice on how to deal with debt problems.

StepChange Debt Charity

Tel:  0800 138 1111

A debt advice organisation offering free, confidential and impartial debt help to anyone who needs it, available online 24 hours a day.

Other support organisations

Responsible Gambling Trust

Tel: 020 7287 1994

A registered charity committed to minimising the level of problem gambling in Britain through effective education and prevention techniques, which stop people getting into problems with their gambling, and ensuring that those that do develop problems receive fast and effective treatment and support.

Action for Children

Helps children achieve their full potential, through services that support some of the most vulnerable and excluded children in the UK.

Counselling Directory

Provides a counselling support network, enabling those in distress to find a counsellor close to them and appropriate for their needs.

Samaritans
UK helpline number:
116 123

A 24 hours a day service providing confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide.