For many Gambling Help clients, the struggle with gambling can be a symptom of a broader issue: a reaction to a stressful experience in their life, such as grief or loneliness, or a response to an ongoing mental health issue. Sometimes we might not realise the connection until a counsellor helps ‘join the dots’. Some … Continue reading Join the Dots: The connection between mental health and gambling
If you had a difficult childhood and now find yourself wanting to make a change to your gambling, it can be helpful to understand that there may be physiological or emotional factors that led you to this situation, as it can help you to figure out how to act from here. Counsellor Sam discusses the link between childhood trauma and adult distress.
Encouraging your teen to think critically about gambling can help prevent them from developing problems in the future.
Youth gambling is a concern for many parents especially with the increasing presence of gambling in sports and online. There may be one person suffering from gambling in every high school class. Ideally young people won’t gamble at all, if they do sometimes it can become a serious issue which may result in depression, missing … Continue reading Young people and 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
“If I could wave a magic wand and gambling was no longer a problem for you, how would your life be different?” This might seem like a strange question, considering there is no such thing as a magic wand and gambling is a very serious issue. Counsellors ask this type of question, because focusing on … Continue reading The magic wand question
If you have been gambling for some time and you find you are having more trouble controlling the amount you spend, you might notice that you often have thoughts that make you want to gamble more urgently. Many people battle with these thoughts and try different strategies to distract themselves from focusing on them. For … Continue reading The gambler’s fallacy – a risk for relapse
In our previous blog we discussed some common errors in thinking that contribute to a gambling problem. Here are some more types of ‘thinking errors’ that might look familiar to you if you are having problems with gambling, or know someone who is. One ‘thinking error” is Selective Memory Selective Memory refers … Continue reading Thinking errors in problem gambling – Part Two
Often people don’t stop to think if their thoughts are entirely true, and whether these thoughts are helping them to achieve our life goals. Often the ways people think about things are not correct but they believe them anyway. For example, many people with gambling problems develop beliefs about their chances of winning … Continue reading How do my thoughts affect my gambling?
Welcome to the third part of the relapse blog – in the previous blogs we discussed the impact of environmental factors in relapse. In this blog we will look at the urge to gamble and relapse. The urge to gamble has been well documented in research to be one of the most powerful factors … Continue reading Relapse Part 3 – gambling urges