What to Do If You Have a Gambling Problem


Gambling is a fun way to spend your time but it can also be a problem. People can become addicted to gambling and it can have serious impacts on their lives, so if you think you may have a problem then speak to us for free, confidential support.

Gamblers are usually young adults and some adults who gamble have a family history of gambling problems. You can also have a gambling problem if you are unable to control your behaviour and it is causing damage to your life or relationships.

Compulsive gambling is an addiction and it can be difficult to overcome, but the good news is that you can learn to manage your gambling and recover. You can talk to a counselling service or visit one of our support centres for help.

Your mental health can be affected by gambling too, so it is important to understand the reasons you are gambling and what could be causing it to happen. If you have a gambling problem, it is also important to address any underlying emotional issues and try and make positive changes in your life.

Understanding your financial situation is vital to managing your money and your gambling. If you are struggling with your finances speak to StepChange for free, confidential debt advice.

Avoid high-risk situations such as carrying large amounts of money, using credit cards, taking out loans and going to gaming venues for socialising. These behaviours can weaken your resolve to stop gambling and can also increase the risk of relapse.