Problem gambling continues to be a major problem around the world. As such, it is important for at-risk and addicted players to be aware of the various types of assistance that are available to them. That’s why Gambling Help Ipswich has taken to the Queensland Times to offer up some useful information.
A spokesperson for the organisation has stated that there is a number of ways to players to get in touch with Gambling Help representatives. The most convenient way is to make a phone call. Gambling Help advisors answer all calls within sixty seconds, as research has shown that people are more receptive to assistance and advice if their calls are answered quickly.
Problem gambling continues to be an addiction that has a stigma attached to it. Whereas substance abusers are often seen as victims of addiction, problem gamblers are seen with as much sympathy. So, at-risk players are reluctant to seek help because they are concerned about the backlash that could occur.
"We have trained people who will speak to people about their gambling and their gambling habits,” the spokesperson said. Gambling Help offers assistance to a wide range of individuals – not just problem gamblers. In many cases, a friend or family member will call the help line in order to find out how to deal with a loved one’s addiction. "People gamble for a number of reasons including financial and relationship stresses," he continues.
"But sometime they do not realise their gambling could be the root cause of most of their problems." Here are various helplines that you can call if you or a loved one may have a gambling addiction:
- ?Gamblers Anonymous: 3356 0117
- ?Gambling Help Online: 1800 858 858
- ?Relationships Australia: 1300 364 277
- ?Gambling Help Ipswich: 3281 8677