Gambling addiction is very real and can sneak up on you. A few light flutters to learn the ropes, a couple of decent wins somewhere down the line and before you see it coming, you've become a regular online casino/poker/bingo/any-type-of-betting player and you are not in complete control. It doesn't matter what your game is - if you've become addicted to gambling (online or offline/land-based) or are seeing early warning signs of problem gambling then NOW is the time to address it.
Further down the page, we've listed some recommended problem gambling resources. But first, some indications of problem gambling:
The following resources offer support to people with gambling problems. OCNDR is a global website with a worldwide audience so we have provided links to various gambling support resources, some being country-specific. All links below will open in a new window/tab so you can try as many as you want without leaving this page.
If you've read this far then there's a reasonable chance you could have a gambling problem. If so, we commend you taking the time to read our few words of advice. We mean every word. We are lucky to work in an industry we love and do not want to be the first step of anyone's path to addiction.
If you're just now acknowledging your gambling addiction or have ignored/tried to deal with it alone, probably the best step you can take RIGHT NOW is to either close or suspend all of your player accounts. Responsible online casinos should permit/enable this easily. Uninstall any downloaded casino software. Unsubscribe from any casino/gambling related newsletters, including our own if you currently receive it.
If all that sounds far too much than you are ready to handle right now, then consider making a start by closing/suspending some accounts. If you leave any open then it is extremely important that RIGHT NOW you set deposit limits in your account cashier. Depending on the casino, you should be able to set daily, weekly, monthly limits to your deposits or losses. Setting limits really works - players who are wondering if they are in total control of their betting (so they're probably not) can plan ahead if a higher deposit limit is required for a planned gaming session or sporting event (usually 24 hours notice will be required to alter set limits). If you're a member of any online casino or other betting site that does not enable you to determine deposit limits then you must close the account. It isn't an option not to. Close it now.
Setting limits might feel a bit like acting as your own parent/guardian but we can't recommend it enough - you will be VERY glad you did in the future on occasions when you would have gambled and lost more than you could afford to, had it not been for the set limit. You will feel even better the following day when you take in the reality of how much money you just saved by having a limit. It will feel like the win it is.
We hope this page does not apply to you but if it does, good luck on your journey to recovery. You've already achieved a lot by reading this page and considering your own situation. Now please reach out for help.
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