Gambling Problem?

If you need assistance with a gambling problem, Gambling.me provides a helpful link to the GamCare counselling support website.  GamCare is a trusted resource for helpful advice on battling gambling problems. GamCare is a registered charity and offers assistance through an online net chat, phone support help line as well as a forum and chat room.

Should you need more immediate assistance than the link to the website, please feel free to ring GamCare at their Help Line number  0845 6000 133.

Gambling.me applauds your efforts in seeking assistance with your gambling problem.

http://www.gamcare.org.uk/

There are several services that are available online to help with gambling problems.  Another site that offers assistance in other parts of the world is http://www.gamblersanonymous.org.  Gamblers Anonymous provides phone support and holds regular meetings.

We are not experts about compulsive gambling or problem gambling, but we would like to offer some information.  We know that quitting gambling may feel like it would be difficult but with the right support, many have been able to be more in control of their compulsory urges. Surrounding yourself with caring individuals that understand your struggle is a great first step in battling the problem.  It is also important to avoid situations that may make it tempting to gamble, such as online gambling websites or websites such as this one.  Eventually, with the right help, problem gamblers can find suitable substitutes for gambling and begin to heal.  If the urge to gamble hits, it is of the utmost importance that the problem gambler reach out for help immediately.   This could mean calling Gamblers Anonymous or contact GamCare, or it could mean talking to a friend or family member.  It is also important to avoid isolation.

If you suspect that your friend or family member may have a problem with gambling, here are some signs that could mean that they need help.

Have they recently started selling their possessions or their credit cards are all maxed?  This could mean that they are trying to fund their gambling.

Have they become very secretive about their finances?  Are their assets vanishing or are they borrowing money?

Has your friend or family member become defensive about gambling?

Compulsive gamblers need their friends and family to be supportive as they battle this issue.  Ultimately, the choice is for the problem gambler, but if they know they have a strong support system, it may make it easier for them to take the steps in battling their addiction.

The New Face of Gambling in the UK

It may come at no surprise that gambling is on the rise. People have often been drawn to the rush of enhancing their life on account of their newfound wealth. But the new face of gambling is much different than it once appeared. Instead of primarily attracting those who are barely scraping by or the unemployed, the wealthiest sector of the population is now seeking the rush of gambling.

The advent of the Smartphone has enabled the social elite to partake in gambling practices. The Gambling Commission reports that in 2008 one in ten of the upper echelon turned to gambling, but figures in 2014 suggest that one in five of top earners gambling.

Though this trend is surprising, if one takes a step back to observe the big picture it is not as absurd as it sounds. Doctors and lawyers are often highly stressed because of all the demands of their job. A Smartphone can mean that they are just a few clicks away from getting a rush. This can make even a doctor or lawyer a prime candidate for being susceptible to a gambling addiction.

The Gambling Act of 2005 was created to shield those that are vulnerable to being exploited by gambling outlets. Those considered vulnerable are children, the mentally ill and the unemployed. However, it is much easier to indentify and protect some of these groups as opposed to other groups. It is a fairly straightforward process to indentify and decline children from gambling. It is bit more difficult to determine if someone is mentally ill or unemployed. Mental illness is harder to discern, because it does not have one likeness. Depression and a manic state of bipolar disorder look completely different. How does a gambling operator diagnosis an individual in a state of mania apart from someone that is just having a really good time? Are casino operators supposed to look out for doctors and lawyers with a gambling addiction as well?

Security measures are being implemented for gambling shops. For example a betting shop may not open its’ doors until after the time that students would have walked by.

Though gambling is on the rise, it seems that it a problem that is very hard to police. How are gambling operators supposed to protect people from demise when they are in the business of allowing people to experience the thrill of potentially winning a windfall? There is not a hard and fast answer.