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Where to Get Help

Many of the charitable foundations, support groups, and related organizations listed below can advise on the next steps to take if you think you might have a problem. On top of this, many of the same support structures can help you if you suspect or have been told directly that someone close to you is struggling to cope with a gambling habit that has gone from being a fun pastime to something far more serious that is having very negative consequences on different areas of their life. With the help of these trained professionals, experts, and guidance counselors, you and/or a loved one can get all the support needed. Plus, the vast majority of these services are absolutely free to use at the time of need and can provide long-term help for those that need it. 

The Warning Signs

On the surface, it can often be hard to spot gambling addiction in others, and we may even be in denial about it happening to ourselves. So, here’s a brief list of the most common traits shared by gambling addicts. Note that it could be one of these things or many in combination. However, studies have shown that one or more of these factors play a role when identifying addiction:

  • Borrowing money, selling possessions, or stealing
  • Putting gambling ahead of friends and/or family
  • Showing no interest in friends, family, or hobbies
  • Arguing with those around us about gambling
  • Wanting a better buzz by gambling more often
  • Chasing losses because of owing money
  • Playing too long or going well over budget
  • Thinking or talking about gambling too much
  • Lying to others about your gambling habits
  • Finding it difficult to not play games regularly
  • Having anxiety, depression, guilt, or irritability

Get Help for Gambling Problems

No matter where you live, there is always someone willing to help when either you or someone you know is experiencing problems. Here, we have exhaustively listed many of the best 'how to stop gambling' agencies and organizations in various countries around the world. The ones without a country code next to their name are more internationally focused and can be accessed by anyone.

Supporting Others

When it comes to lending a hand to someone who we suspect is suffering or else someone who has openly admitted to having problems, we would first and foremost advice that you contact one of the professional services listed above for expert guidance. On the ground level, however, there are a few pointers that can help make things go much smoother and prevent yourself from getting in over your head. So, the first piece of advice is that you cannot help someone else if you are not in a good headspace yourself. This can be extended to many areas of life, of course, but it is particularly important when helping someone who is acting out of character.

Related to the above point, you should in no way expect to be able to do everything yourself. In addition to the resources we have listed above, you will also require a few trusted friends or family members to give you emotional support when you need it. In fact, if a person requires more attention than normal, especially when first tackling the problems, you might need to divide the task of keeping an eye out for the person with someone else that you both trust.

Finally, we must point out that you should never give the person any money. After all, you will only be exacerbating the problem. Also, if the person experiences a relapse or gets angry with you, you should not confront them about it but only offer support in a calm and collected manner. Remember, gambling addiction is a disease of the mind and it is often something that they cannot stop, even if they want to. Compassion is always the best way to help them out!

Nerijus Grenda
Nerijus Grenda
Last Update: 13 Mar 2023
Nerijus Grenda is a prolific contributor to the GoodLuckMate site. With a deep understanding of the online casino industry, gained from his own experience as an avid player, he offers valuable insights on what sets the best casinos apart from the rest. As a writer, Nerijus shares his expertise through expert analysis and thoughtful commentary on various topics related to online gambling, including casino reviews, game guides and industry trends.