What is a gambling urge and why does it matter?

Recognising and dealing with gambling urges can be a really powerful part of recovery. People describe gambling urges in different ways: compulsions an adrenaline rush excitement cravings It is possible to manage your urges even if they feel overwhelming and difficult to resist. Sometimes people try to ’white knuckle’ urges by trying not to give into … Continue reading What is a gambling urge and why does it matter?

How Does Gambling Impact Children?

Many people who want to change their gambling say they are worried about the impact it has on the children in their lives. When a family member or someone they live with has a problem with gambling, children who are close to the situation may be affected. For example, children may become confused about what … Continue reading How Does Gambling Impact Children?

The conversation – talking to a family member or significant other who is gambling  

  Partners, family members and friends often ring the NSW Gambling Helpline (1800 858 858) wanting advice about how to talk to their loved ones about their gambling. Many times they want to talk about how to begin the conversation. Other times the family member or significant other admits gambling has been an ongoing discussion … Continue reading The conversation – talking to a family member or significant other who is gambling  

How managing your stress can reduce your gambling

In our lives we are often very busy trying to balance different commitments which often leaves little time out for ourselves. Whether you are a parent, working full time, dealing with family, relationships, or financial issues, chances are you have experienced stress in the past week. Stress is the feeling we have when under pressure … Continue reading How managing your stress can reduce your gambling

Gambling and holidays – top tips

With the holidays just around the corner, many of us will be looking forward to relaxing and taking time off. However, Christmas can be a difficult time for many as it can be expensive and often daunting with many expectations including buying presents, attending social events and meeting family obligations. If you are struggling with … Continue reading Gambling and holidays – top tips