End your tortuous gambling lifestyle, help is out there.
Find out below what help is out there for you. It’s never too late to beat this.
National Gambling Clinics
There are now three NHS Gambling Clinics in England and more coming. There is also (pending) going to be a National Clinic for children also. They are the experts and have specialised treatment to-hand. They can be found in London, Leeds and Manchester presently. In conjunction with exploring whether these clinics could help, we suggest visiting your GP and exploring whether localised specialist services exist for you to be referred to.
Gamblers Anonymous have been holding meetings up and down the country for many years now. Many attend weekly meetings and find the value of shared experience to help them through their journeys. We certainly recognise that GA is not effective for everyone, however if you don’t try it you’ll never know. GamAnon also exists for family support, which is equally as important.
National Gambling helpline
Gamcare offers this service which is indirectly funded by the gambling industry. This is now a 24-hour helpline and can offer some direction to help you come out of your journey. There are other telephone services, such as the Samaritans that can be called during times when you feel like you have nowhere to turn to. There are a number of other private organisations that may also be of assistance. End your suffering now.
Make immediate and lasting changes now
Monzo Bank emerged as a challenger-bank and one of its features is that it comes with an easy-to-use gambling block. With a click of a button all gambling transactions can be blocked and you can even limit your daily cash withdrawals. Other banks now do this, at last. There’s no need to have online banking woes, it’s important to close off access to money. Check with your own bank about blocks.
Gamban allows users to block access to online gambling on all of your devices. There are other blocking apps and software too so we strongly advise you to sign-up immediately. You should also sign-up to the National Online Self-Exclusion Scheme (GAMSTOP: https://www.gamstop.co.uk) and Multi-Operator Self-Exclusion Scheme (https://self-exclusion.co.uk) as additional measures.
Don’t ever feel alone. Use the services available and if you have kept difficult secrets from family/friends then being honest could be the first step of jour journey. Will power alone may most not likely be enough to battle your problems, as many of us have found out ourselves. There is no magic wand on offer and the journey can take time but you can do it. If you can’t, please call the Samaritans.