People gambling can be fun and exciting, it can easily become an addiction. This in turn can be extremely damaging to our well-being, as well as having an impact on those closest to us.
If you have a problem with gambling and you’d like to stop, confidential, non-judgemental, expert advice, treatment and support is available.
GamCare is the leading provider of information, advice and support for anyone affected by problem gambling. They operate the National Gambling HelpLine seven days a week from 8am – Midnight on Freephone 0808 8020 133 or via web chat. For more information: https://www.gamcare.org.uk/
Aquarius is a West Midlands based group helping people overcome the harms caused by alcohol, drugs and gambling. They work closely with individuals, families and friends to help you with each step of your journey to recovery. For more information: https://aquarius.org.uk/gambling/
If you’re having problems because of another person’s gambling, it’s best to be honest with them about it. They need to know how their behaviour is affecting you.
Support is also available to people who are worried about someone else’s gambling:
Offers support and information for partners, friends and family of people who gamble compulsively.
Local support groups for anyone affected by someone else’s gambling problem – find your nearest group.
Score 0 for each time you answer “never”
Score 1 for each time you answer “sometimes”
Score 2 for each time you answer “most of the time”
Score 3 for each time you answer “almost always”
If your total score is 8 or higher, you may be a problem gambler. Please see information above for confidential support and advice
Send an enquiry to our friendly Healthy Sandwell team.