“What’s the point of getting treatment for my gambling? Why would speaking to a complete stranger about it help? What would they know that could possibly make a difference? And besides, I don’t want to anyone to know about my gambling. I’d hate to show my face at one of those clinics.”
Have you ever thought about seeking help for your gambling, but thought ‘better’ of it? It’s totally normal to have reservations about seeking help in life. And it’s healthy to have a degree of scepticism about people interfering. What are some of the things that you’ve said to yourself to talk yourself out of getting help? Maybe you’ve even talked yourself out of it without realising? Maybe you’ve denied that you have a problem? Or you’ve tried counselling before but it hasn’t worked for you?
It’s important to know that there are a number of different treatment approaches out there which have improved over the years. The fact is, we now have some VERY effective therapies aimed specifically at helping people reduce their gambling. In fact, in one treatment evaluation, 92% of gamblers reported that their gambling was still reduced two years after completing treatment, and 50% had totally stopped.
You might be thinking “yeah but I’m the 8% which is untreatable”. You’re not alone in thinking like this – but you’re probably wrong. The vast majority of clients who identify as being “untreatable” DO benefit significantly from treatment.
So if you think that you might have a problem with your gambling, it might be worth calling Gambling Help to work through the pros and cons of seeking treatment. What have you got to lose?
For those who think they may have a problem with sports gambling, poker machines or any other form of gambling, help is available. A gambling counsellor can be found by calling Gambling Help on 1800 858 858. Free individual sessions are available to anybody who might be concerned their gambling has gotten out of hand.
The Gambling Help website has a range of free resources and self-help tools available to download or order, as well as new community support forums where you can share your experiences and hear from others who are in similar situations. Visit www.gamblinghelp.nsw.gov.au/forum to join the conversation