Gambling is a risky activity that can harm your mental and physical health, relationships, performance at work or study and get you into trouble with the law. It can also lead to debt, homelessness and even suicide.
There are a number of ways to help you stop gambling. Counselling is one option and can help you understand your gambling and how it affects your life.
The right support can help you to cope with gambling, including family and friends. The most important thing is to make a plan and stick to it.
You can find free, confidential counselling at StepChange for any problems related to your finances or gambling. Our advice is tailored to your needs and is completely free, so you can speak with us without feeling judged.
When you start playing gambling, decide how much money you can afford to lose and stick to that limit. If you do lose, don’t go back and take out more cash.
Think about why you gamble and try to replace it with a healthier way of self-soothing your feelings or relieving boredom. You can also try relaxing techniques, such as taking a hot bath or doing something that gives you peace of mind, like listening to music.
If you’re thinking about getting professional help, it may be worth speaking to your GP, who can refer you to the right services. They can offer you help to stop gambling, such as counseling and medication if necessary.