Support and resources
While gambling is a fun source of entertainment for many, not everyone can gamble in a safe, responsible way. For some, gambling can become a problem. Whether you have a gambling problem or know someone who needs help, resources are available.
Knowing what to look for
If you’re wondering if someone you know and love might have a problem, here are some signs that may indicate they have a problem. The more signs a person shows, the greater the likelihood that he or she may have lost control of their gambling.
- Gambling for longer and longer periods of time
- Lying about how much or how often they gamble
- Missing work or school to gamble
- Neglecting personal or family responsibilities to gamble
- Using gambling as an escape
- Gambling with money needed for paying bills
- Spending more money to recoup losses
GamTalk is an online resource that helps people dealing with gambling problems in a variety of ways. It offers live chatting with other members of the community, a forum to present questions and respond to others, and stories about recovering from gambling problems.
BC’s Responsible and Problem Gambling Program
This organization provides free information and resources related to gambling, to help players make informed choices and encourage healthy play. They can help connect you with a counsellor in your area, free of charge. Find out more at www.bcresponsiblegambling.ca.
Journal of Gambling Issues
Published by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and funded by Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the Journal of Gambling Issues publishes articles on gambling-related research, policy developments, treatment, and much more. Have a look at the journal at https://jgi.camh.net/index.php/jgi.
Gamblers Anonymous is an organization dedicated to helping those struggling with gambling addiction. They host meetings in which individuals can share their experiences and support one other in their desire to stop gambling. Find out more at www.gabc.ca.
Gam-Anon is a 12 step self-help fellowship comprised of men and women who have been affected by the gambling problem of another. This free service is not affiliated with a religious organization or counselling agency and does not treat gambling addictions, but helps those who have been affected by someone else’s. Find out more at www.gam-anon.org