Gambling is a popular pastime, and while it can lead to a variety of problems for those who struggle with it, there are also some positives that people often overlook. These benefits include socialising with friends, mental development and skill improvement. However, for some, gambling can become an unhealthy habit that damages their health, finances and relationships. If you think you may have a gambling problem, speak to a counsellor on our free and confidential debt advice service.
Depending on your culture, your views and beliefs about gambling can have a huge impact on how you approach the activity. Some people are more prone to gambling problems than others, especially if they have a family history of them or an underlying condition like depression or anxiety. These conditions can make it hard to recognise the signs of a gambling addiction and seek help.
In some cases, the urge to gamble can be triggered by stress or a financial crisis. When this happens, it’s easy for people to lose control of their finances and end up in serious debt. This can have a negative impact on their lives and the lives of their loved ones, causing distress and often leading to feelings of despair. It can also damage relationships, work performance and personal wellbeing.
Fortunately, there are ways to break the cycle and prevent gambling from becoming an issue. One of the most important things is to strengthen your support network. This could involve reaching out to friends and family, joining a sports team or book club or volunteering for a good cause. Alternatively, you can join a peer support group like Gamblers Anonymous. This is a 12-step recovery program based on Alcoholics Anonymous and can help you find a sponsor who has experience staying clean from gambling and provide invaluable guidance and advice.
The physical and psychological effects of gambling can be surprisingly positive, but some people can develop a problem that has devastating consequences for their health, wealth and relationships. It can damage their health, cause them to miss work or study and even put them at risk of losing their homes. Despite this, many people are reluctant to admit they have a gambling problem and don’t seek help.
If you’re worried about your gambling habits, talk to a counsellor for help and advice. Our advisors are available 24/7 and can help you overcome your problem. Get in touch today using our live chat feature or call us on 0800 024 6000. It takes a lot of strength and courage to admit you have a gambling problem, so please don’t try to go it alone. We can match you with a therapist who is suited to your needs and will be happy to help. We can’t guarantee that you will stop gambling, but we can give you the tools to take back control of your life.