Being married to or a partner of a problem gambler – or being their parent or child – is hard and can be distressing.
Gambling can cause people to think, feel and behave differently without it being very obvious to others and so the warning signs are more difficult to spot if at all.
some warning signs you may notice:
- Being unable to account for money they’ve spent
- Lying about their whereabouts
- Spending less time with friends and family
If you are living with or are affected by a problem gambler you may be experiencing:
- Feelings of betrayal, helplessness, anger and sadness
- Feelings of anxiety about the future
- Concern about finances
- You may be feeling isolated because you have been asked to keep the problem a secret
- You may well be wondering how will you be able to trust them again
If you are experiencing anyone of these examples or you can see that gambling is a problem for someone in your family, it could help to discuss it with them and let them know how it impacts on you and that support to stop is there if they want it.
If your gambling relative or friend doesn’t want to get help then you can get support for yourself from me or another one of the services I have listed below.
If you are a problem gambler or are affected by problem gambling and would like support you can access up to 24 therapeutic sessions free of charge.
You can refer yourself through:
Helen Sanders – 07582713610 – www.fourcornerspsychotherapy.co.uk – contact form
The Gamcare Help Line is available 7 days a week with trained Advisor on hand offering emotional support, information and advice. – 0808 8020 133 – www.gamcare.org.uk
Krysallis – 01423 857939 – www.krysallis.org.uk
G.A – Gamblers Anonymous is a group of men and women who have joined together to tackle their own gambling problem and help others do the same.
National: 020 7384 3040
Gam-Anon provides support to anyone affected by another person’s gambling problem.
National: 08700 50 88 80
North East: 0114 262 0026
The National Debtline provides free confidential and independent advice on how to deal with debt.
England and Wales: 0808 808 4000
The Money Advice Service is an independent service which gives free, unbiased money advice to everyone across the UK – online, over the phone and face to face.
Helpline Number: 0300 500 5000
Citizens Advice Bureau help people resolve their legal, money and other problems by providing free information and advice from nearly 3,400 locations in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.