We like to act the maggot, but we’re no fools, and we’d be stupid to help you identify a problem and then not tell you how to address it. So where should you or someone you know go, if there’s a problem?
First of all, it might seem like a big deal to admit that there’s a problem – and it is. Problem gambling can destroy lives. But people admit they have a problem every day, and nobody thinks any less of them. In fact, it’s a sign of greater strength to admit there’s a problem, and even greater again to seek out help.
Below is a list of organisations who deal with people who have gambling problems every day. They’re the best people to contact first.
BLOCKING GAMBLING SITES
When you want to take away access
If you are looking to take a break from gambling online, consider installing Gamban. Gamban is a software product that blocks all types of online gambling sites and apps on all personal devices. Gamban is easy to use and provides an effective barrier to online gambling. Gamban can be simply installed on Android, iOS, Mac, and Windows devices.
Paddy Power are offering a free 6 month subscription to download this on an unlimited number of devices. To avail of this free software visit the website here.
Gamstop lets you put controls in place to restrict your online gambling activities.
It’s a free service that enables you to self exclude from gambling websites and apps run by companies licensed in Great Britain, for a period of your choosing.
You can find information on other multi-operator self-exclusion schemes here.
MOSES lets you restrict your betting in multiple betting shops – usually the ones near where you work or live. It works by uploading a photo, that is passed on to the shops in your area, who then intervene if one of the staff recognise an individual who has self-excluded.
DEBT AND FINANCIAL ADVICE
When you’re experiencing problems with debt
Often, gambling can lead to problems with unpaid loans or debt, which can mean there’s an urge to gamble to pay off these. Do not do this.
Instead, there are organisations that can help with making a plan to addressing your debt. It’s never as bad as you think it is, so these organisations really can help.
See our ‘Tools’ page as well for ways that can help you stop gambling immediately.