Most people gamble at some point in their lives, whether it's putting a bet on a horse or buying a lottery ticket. However for some, gambling can become a serious addiction affecting their health and their family & professional lives.
People with a gambling addiction will often get in to serious debt and borrowing more money to pay for it only makes matters worse.
If you think your gambling or the gambling of someone else is getting out of control, it's time to get help from the following support services:
Betknowmore are a gambling support service, with a mission to provide support and education services to address problematic issues caused by gambling. Call free on 0800 066 4827 or visit them online for more information.
BeGambleAware provides advice and access to free, confidential help by phone (0808 8020 133) or online.
Gamblers Anonymous arrange meetings every Tuesday from 19:00 to 21:00 at The Wellness Centre, 45 Montrose Avenue, Intake, Doncaster, DN2 6PL.
Compulsive gamblers sit together to help each other through their difficulties. There is also a separate meeting specifically for friends and families of compulsive gamblers.
Face to face counselling is also available at request.
UK SMART Recovery help people recover from addictive behaviour to lead meaningful and satisfying lives. They run a network of self help meetings and also partner with care professionals. Visit their website for more information.
If you are finding online gambling a problem, you can register with GamStop to stop you being able to gamble using the internet or apps.