Gambling can be a fun and exciting form of entertainment, the majority of players enjoy the experience without any problems but a small number of players lose control and gambling ceases to be fun they might continue to play in the belief that their luck will change but eventually they may reach the stage of desperation. At this point gambling can become an obsession using their own resources and sometimes other peoples just to continue gambling and other aspects of their lives begin to suffer.When gambling creates difficulties for an individual at home or in their work life they need help to sort out the problem.
If you think that you or someone you know may have a gambling problem you should ask yourself:
Has the person ever lost time from work because of gambling? Does gambling make their home life unhappy? Do they gamble to get money to pay off debts or solve financial problems Have they ever borrowed to finance their gambling? Have they ever committed or considered committing, an illegal act to finance their gambling? Do they have difficulty sleeping or have they ever considered self-destructive behaviour because of their gambling? Does their gambling cause family arguments?
Controlling your gambling
Be honest with yourself first then be honest with those around you. Take responsibility for your actions, don’t blame anyone else or run away from your problems. Set a spending limit on the use of your debit card, the cashier will give you a form which defines your desired limit. Set a time limit and take a break from gambling.
Rewards of overcoming a gambling problem
Controlling debts and paying them off Resuming a stable lifestyle Family and friends enjoy a more rewarding relationship free from fear and worry. If you think that you may have a problem and want to stop gambling you should: Talk to one of our managers in confidence, their knowledge and experience may be of help. You can self-exclude yourself from all the casinos in our group for a minimum period of 6 months. Seek help from others as you are more likely to succeed than going it alone. In the future you may be able to gamble again but to succeed there must be a period of total abstinence from gambling.
If you have difficulty controlling your gaming, or someone close to you has a problem, you can get confidential advice by calling Gamcare they provide information, advice and practical help in addressing the social impact of gambling in the UK. Problem gambling, leaflets are available around the Casino with advice and details of confidential helplines for problem gamblers and others that may be concerned. Call the Gam Care Helpline on 0845 6000 133 (24hrs, seven days a week). Visit the Gamble Aware site at www.gambleaware.co.uk Gamblers Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who joined together to do something about their own gambling problem and help other compulsive gamblers. Meetings are held throughout the UK. Tel: 08700 50 88 80 or www.gamblersanonymous.org.uk Gordon House Association is a residential treatment centre for problem gamblers. Tel: 01384 241292 or www.gordonhouse.org.uk National Debt line -Tel: 0808 808 4000 or www.nationaldebtline.co.uk