Gambling Addiction Services Perth WA

Whether you bet on sports, scratch cards, roulette, poker, or slots—in a casino or online—problem gambling can strain relationships, interfere with work, and lead to financial catastrophe. You may even do things you never thought you would, like stealing money to gamble or pay your debts. You may think you can’t stop but, with the right help, you can overcome a gambling problem or addiction and regain control of your life. The first step is recognizing and acknowledging the problem.

Our Gambling addiction treatment is built on simple yet very effective ingredients.

  • Values and purpose (which we help you to discover)
  • Motivation (which we help you to generate)
  • Life skills (which we teach you how to acquire)
  • Community and relationships (which we fine tune with you)

How can specialised Counselling assist you?

There are many reasons why people with gambling problems don’t get help. Recent research has revealed that many people in need of help are unaware that specialized problem gambling counselling services are available. Other people initially refuse help because they are ambivalent about giving up their gambling, fear what may happen in counselling or are afraid of being stigmatized. Still others have not made the connection between their current difficulties and their gambling behaviour. Counselling will you can address these concerns and provide accurate information about what happens in problem gambling counselling and what services are available.

Our specially trained and experienced counsellors can give you the safe, confidential space you need to work through the issues and situations connected to problem gambling in your life, and we will work with you to find the best methods of dealing with these situations going forward.

We have an integrative approach to counselling, which means we can help you explore both problem gambling behaviour as well as the thoughts and feelings which may motivate this behaviour. In order for counselling to have an impact for you, you will need to commit to regular sessions.

Our counsellors ac work within a broad range of therapeutic approaches, meaning that we will provide counselling that meets the individual needs of each client.

During Counselling it is common for client and Counsellor to work together to:

  • explore and set goals for change;
  • gain understanding of gambling;
  • increase awareness of triggers for gambling and to consider ways to avoid these triggers or respond differently to triggers;
  • understand and address underlying issues linked to problem gambling;
  • address the impacts of gambling on relationships and family life;
  • address debts, deal with creditors, re-organize financial affairs, understand legal rights and responsibilities around financial commitments and learn money management strategies, and
  • identify and plan for relapse risks.

What if someone you care about has a problem with Gambling?

Whether you are the mother, father, husband, wife, child, friend or colleague of someone with an addiction, the situation can seem impossible. But you are not alone and there are coping skills to help you reach out to the addicted person.

Reaching out to help someone with a Gambling problem is not easy. All too often, close friends and family turn a blind eye to the situation and hope that the person will eventually see sense. But addiction will not go away and denial prevents the person from appreciating the full extent of the problem and its consequences. Heavy gamblers are less able to make conscious choices about their gambling and so the involvement of family, friends and employers can make a difference.

For partners, friends and family

Impact on Families

Gambling problems hurt families in many ways:

Money problems: When family members learn that savings, property or belongings have been lost, it can make them feel scared, angry and betrayed.

Emotional problems and isolation: Gambling problems cause strong feelings among family members, which make it harder to solve problems. Many partners of those with gambling problems do not want to be emotionally or physically close with the person who has hurt them. Family members may avoid other people, because they feel ashamed. This makes it hard to get love and support.

Physical and mental health: The stress of gambling problems sometimes causes health problems, for both the person who gambles and the family. This can include anxiety, depression and stress-related problems such as poor sleep, ulcers, bowel problems, headaches and muscle pains.

Burnout: Many families under stress have trouble coping. One member may try to keep things in control by taking on more tasks. This can lead to burnout. Family members often forget to take care of themselves or to have fun.

Impact on children: When a parent or caregiver has a gambling problem, children can feel forgotten, depressed and angry. They may believe they caused the problem and that if they are good, the problem will stop. Children may believe they must take sides between their parents. They may stop trusting a parent who makes promises he or she doesn't keep. Some children may try to draw attention away from the parent with the gambling problem by misbehaving.

Physical and emotional abuse: Family violence is more common when families are in crisis. Gambling problems can lead to physical or emotional abuse of a partner, elder parent or child. If this is happening in your family, get help right away.

10 signs of problem gambling in family or friends

Does someone you know like to gamble/bet?

Here are ten signs and indicators to help you detect when gambling is becoming a problem.

Lying

People who have gambling problems generally try to hide it from the people around them. They start lying to their spouses, families, coworkers, and friends.

Chasing” losses

Some gamblers say they are just trying to win back the money they have lost. They will claim that once they win big, they will stop. Or that they lost because they changed strategies or were not lucky. But when they chase their losses, they end up piling up even more losses, and often debts.

Borrowing money

What do pathological gamblers do when gambling puts them into a financial hole? They borrow—from their family, friends, coworkers, or even strangers, without always admitting the real reason they need the money. They may also have other people pay their gambling debts. They may max out their credit cards or take out a second mortgage.

Always betting more

Like someone who has drugs or alcohol problems, problem gamblers have to up their “dose” of gambling to enjoy it. In other words, they have to bet more and more money to get the kind of rush they want. Unfortunately, the more they bet, the more they lose.

Being obsessed with gambling

When this happens, gamblers cannot stop thinking about the last time they gambled and the next time they will. Any reason is reason enough to go gambling, and they will try any strategy to get the money they need.

Being unable to stop gambling

Many gamblers know they should not gamble so much, and want to quit. They try repeatedly, but cannot fight the urge to play.

Gambling out of need

When trying to cut down on their gambling or stop altogether, some gamblers experience “psychological withdrawal symptoms.” Like someone who has a drug or alcohol problem, they become irritable, impatient, agitated, or tense if they do not get their “dose” of gambling.

Gambling to forget

These gamblers play to distract themselves, forget their problems, and reduce their stress. The game is not just entertainment for them. It is something they do to feel better and escape from whatever is bothering them. And then the gambling itself causes problems.

Stealing or committing fraud to gamble

Despite their losses, problem gamblers continue playing, and their finances keep getting worse. Borrowing money from family, friends, and co-workers is no longer enough. To fund their habit and try to solve their problems by hitting the jackpot, they turn to misdeeds and crime.

Gambling because it is the most important thing in the world

Gamblers can become so addicted to the game and the hope to win it all back that they fall into ever-deeper financial, social, and professional trouble. Everything about their lives gradually revolves around and is affected by gambling. It puts their families, friendships, studies, jobs, and future career prospects at risk.

Getting help for your partner, friend or family member

The first thing friends and family often say when they contact the centre is ‘What can I do to help them stop?’ It’s not surprising that this might be your top priority, both for their sake and your own.

If your friend, family or loved one is a problem gambler, you are likely experiencing many strong but possibly conflicting emotions. For example, you could be trying to cover up their gambling, while trying to keep them from gambling more. You might also be angry, depressed about the debt they have run up and afraid that they won’t stop. Gambling, and the loss of trust it often brings, can put an enormous strain on a relationship. If you find that you feel overwhelmed or are losing hope, it is important to seek professional help.

You may want and need them to stop right now, but pushing them before they’re ready might be counterproductive. You may feel the only option is to make appointments for them, go with them to make sure they attend, or even sit in with them during sessions, but it might not help to rush them or push them to change. Try to wait in the wings until they are ready to seek help and then offer to help them in the way they choose.

The first steps to seeking help can be daunting and require a ready state of mind, but they are also the simplest and easiest. Taking these steps for themselves will greatly improve the gambler’s self-esteem, commitment to recovery, and ultimately their success.

If your friend or family member is ready and wants to get help with their gambling, encourage them to contact Jane Grant 0417 949 103 or janegrant1@bigpond.com