Gambling

Today, gambling is everywhere. It’s heavily promoted and widely accepted across all age groups. This means more people are exposed to it than ever before. People gamble for many reasons – for excitement, for the thrill of winning, or to be social. It can often be hard to tell when it stops being fun and starts becoming a problem.

 

 

So how can you tell if there is an issue?

 

Today, gambling is everywhere. It’s heavily promoted and widely accepted across all age groups. This means more people are exposed to it than ever before. People gamble for many reasons – for excitement, for the thrill of winning, or to be social. It can often be hard to tell when it stops being fun and starts becoming a problem.

 

Gambling becomes a problem when it harms:

 

  mental or physical health

  work, school and other activities

  finances

  reputation

  relationships with family and friends.

 

How does problem gambling start? Some signs include:

 

  unexplained debt or borrowing

  money or assets disappearing

  unpaid bills or disconnection notices

  lack of food in the house

  losing wallets or money regularly

  moodiness, unexplained anger

  decreased contact with friends

  avoidance of social events

  secretiveness about activities

  disappearing for amounts of time that they cannot account for

  overusing sick days and days off

 

Counselling is one of the many options for people looking to find support and help for problems caused by gambling. A counsellor is someone who is non-judgmental, listens and cares and will do their best to provide support, information and strategies for change. Counselling provides a supportive environment in which to discuss issues or concerns with a professional.

 

The counsellors can offer support and strategies to make changes to take back control. It allows you to talk about the impact gambling has had on your life in a safe, confidential, non-threatening environment.

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