More about Problem Gambling

What is problem gambling?

Some people gamble for entertainment, to have fun, be social, or to relax. Problem Gambling, however, has been described as being “characterized by difficulties in limiting money and/or time spent on gambling which leads to adverse consequences for the gambler, others or the community” (Gambling Research Australia 2005).

What is gambling-help counselling?

The Gambling Help counselling services at Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury includes independent personal counselling and financial counselling services.

The personal counselling service aims to help gamblers control or stop problem gambling. Counsellors are also skilled at helping clients manage their unique challenges and experiences.

If consent is provided, the service undertakes pre- and post-measures of gambling behaviour and a 6-month follow-up to monitor progress.

What are some of the harms caused by problem gambling?

Problem gambling affects lives, not just yours but those of the people around you. The impacts of problem gambling can be devastating, and troubles can continue for years after the problem gambling has ceased. Problems range from mental health problems such as stress, anxiety and depression, to relationship problems such as loss of trust and family breakdown, to financial problems, such as bankruptcy, unemployment and productivity problems. Legal problems are not uncommon and risk of suicide is increased.

Help with lapse and relapse

Lapse and relapse are not uncommon. Often, they are a natural part of the recovery process.

Watch this video, which shows how at Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury we work with our clients to ensure that the experience of relapse is properly understood. Far from being a step backward, lapse and relapse can often be an opportunity to learn and move forward.

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