Once a problem gambler has admitted they have serious issues which need to be addressed, they are already making great strides towards recovery. Finding a trained professional who can offer support may be the next course of action for many sufferers, and finding somebody local so that you don’t need to travel far can make the process smoother and seem less daunting.
There are counselling services across the UK and GamCare has a comprehensive list of all their partner agencies, complete with contact details, so that you can decide who might be best to speak to in your area. There is also a helpful map which allows you to enter your location and how far you are willing to travel.
Discussing your situation with a GP may also be a good starting point if you are unsure how to organise a counselling session, as they will be able to point you in the direction of a qualified counsellor who can talk to you about your gambling. You may receive a referral for cognitive behavioural therapy sessions.
You can also choose a private counsellor if you wish; the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy maintains an online directory of licensed practitioners throughout the UK.
As well as local counselling, problem gamblers have the option to attend Gamblers Anonymous meetings in their area. There is no need to register and you can find out online when and where you can meet locally, as well as selecting an option for your preferred type of meeting. This will allow you to come together with people who are experiencing the same problems and draw strength from each other.
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