It is difficult dealing with a gambling problem, especially if you are trying to do it on your own. You don't have to do it on your own. There are many services and people to turn to for help.
Sometimes talking to someone can be a huge relief if you are having trouble coping and feeling isolated and alone. When you're ready to talk to someone there are many people trained and able to help – or just ready to listen. Gambling may be just one of many problems in your life. Gambling Help Services know this and will work with you to gain back control of your life. There is also a specialist inpatient and outpatient medical service to help overcome gambling addiction.
Remember you're not alone.
It's common for people to feel anxious about seeing a counsellor. Often people don't know what to expect. So what can you expect from counselling? To learn more about the process, read our counsellor stories here.
There are a wide range of counselling and specialist therapy services available to people with a gambling problem (as well as family and friends). These services are all free, confidential and non-judgemental. Some are also available 24/7 (Gambling Helpline and Gambling Help Online).
Counsellors assist people with gambling and other related issues (such as financial and relationship problems) in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment. Counselling is free to individuals, couples, family and friends. It's up to you how long you undertake counselling. There is no pressure or obligation. Counsellors within our Gambling Help Services are professional, friendly and non-judgemental. Most of our counsellors have been assisting people with gambling problems (or that of their family member or friend) for years. They understand how hard it can be to ask for help. Our counsellors are there to help and support you, not to judge you or make you feel bad. Some of our Gambling Help Services also have peer support groups where you can gain support and strength from people experiencing the same difficulties. Our Relationships Australia SA counsellor, Rosemary, tells us what people can expect from gambling counselling.
The Statewide Gambling Therapy Service utilises Cognitive Behavioural Therapy based graded exposure therapy to treat gambling and co-morbid problems (such as depression and anxiety). An inpatient and outpatient service is available, as well as country outreach services where practicable. More information on specialist therapy is available here. Our Statewide Gambling Therapy Service therapist, Jane, tell us what people can expect from seeking specialist therapy.
Financial counselling helps people address money issues and debts. Financial counselling is free, safe and confidential. It's available to individuals, couples, family and friends. Financial counsellors help deal with debts and to budget and manage credit issues. For example, financial counsellors can help you to develop ways to budget and deal with debts, they are able to negotiate formal debt agreements and talk to creditors, check whether you're entitled to concessions and help you understand your rights and responsibilities. Financial counsellors can also help with accessing other forms of assistance.