One of the most important things you can do when you’re close to someone who is struggling with gambling is empower the person you care about to reach out for help. However, what many people forget is that in order for someone to be able to ask for help, they need to first realise … Continue reading Ways for family and friends to support gamblers
Responsible Gambling Awareness Week (RGAW) is taking place this week, running from 23-29 October in NSW. Held during the break between the footy grand finals and Melbourne Cup, RGAW aims to get people to take a moment and think about their gambling. What do we mean by this? Say you’ve gone to the races with … Continue reading Whatever your limits are, it is a great time to think about them.
People with gambling problems don’t need to hit rock bottom to begin to get help. Hitting rock bottom can be different for different people - for some it’s losing a significant amount of money or a close relationship, for others it can be losing everything. When someone has hit rock bottom the road to recovery … Continue reading The Harms of Hitting Rock Bottom
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?
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?
If you are reading this blog, I will assume that you are either a person who wants to change their gambling, or a loved one of someone who is perhaps struggling with their gambling. It may be helpful to hear what has assisted others –their stories can show what is possible, perhaps you will see … Continue reading Starting the recovery journey – Diane
Fred* rang the Gambling Helpline a very worried father. He had just found out that his son Jordan*aged 22, was $30,000 in debt, owed most of this money to credit cards and had used the money for gambling. Fred admitted that both he and his wife Marie* had known that Jordan gambled, but certainly not … Continue reading A Father’s Story