Does someone you care about have a gambling problem? When someone you care about is having troubles with gambling it can be difficult to know what to do, or know how to help that person.
Often people will not cut down or stop gambling until they believe that change is necessary. As a family member, partner or friend, there are many sources of help and support available for free for yourself and for your friend or relative.
Here are some practical tips that you may want to consider in helping your friend or relative:
There are a wide range of services available across metropolitan and country South Australia. The Gambling Helpline 1800 858 858 and the Gambling Help Services are free and confidential. A full listing of the help available can be found here or to find a Gambling Help Service nearest to your friend, family member or yourself, use our interactive map.
The Gambling Helpline is a confidential service available 24 hours, 7 days a week staffed by counsellors who provide helpful and practical information and will refer your friend or relative to free face to face counselling, if that's their wish. You may simply want to chat to someone without any obligations or judgements. Helpline staff understand how difficult it is to get your gambling under control, and how difficult it is to call someone for help. The Gambling Helpline is 100% confidential, you may remain anonymous and it's free (although mobile phones do attract fees set by your mobile phone provider). Find out more about what to expect from the Gambling Helpline.
There is plenty of help available to you as the friend or family member of someone affected by gambling. Find out more about the help available.
It's common to feel alone and unsure of what to do, or know how to help your friend/relative. It can be comforting to know that you're not alone. Read about the experiences of others, these are real stories posted by real people. We support the sharing of stories on this site so that people will find support and strength in each other's stories and consequently, feel less alone.
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24/7, free and confidential Gambling Helpline offers support, information and telephone counselling 1800 858 858. The Gambling Helpline can organise an interpreter for you if you need one.
FACE TO FACE
Free and confidential personal, financial and family counselling and support. Call 1800 858 858 for a referral to a non-judgemental and friendly Gambling Help Service professional. Gambling Help Services also offer individual, family and couple counselling to friends and family of gamblers.