Addiction is when you no longer have control over what you are doing, taking or using, to the point that it can become harmful and/or damaging to you or others around you.
While many people enjoy the odd bet on the horses or their favourite football team, gambling can easily become a serious problem.
A number of other habits and enjoyments may turn into addictions too, such as sex and shopping, or even work and the internet and social media.
If you need help right now with gambling addiction call:
- the National Gambling Helpline - freephone 0808 8020 133
If you need help right now with any other type of addiction or habit forming, call:
- SIAS on 0121 301 4141
- Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90
Help and support is also available locally from community groups, counselling and therapy. To take a look at the groups and services available, you can head to The Solihull Directory.
SIAS support for addiction
Help for people facing addiction and habit forming issues in Solihull are provided by Solihull Integrated Addiction Services (SIAS).
Customers can be referred to SIAS by medical professionals and agencies or they can refer themselves:
It is very easy to say: “You should not bet more than you can afford to lose.” But, the reality for many is far harder.
This is truer today than it ever has been, with gambling being more accessible than it ever has been before.
If you are concerned about your gambling, or the gambling of someone close to you, there is always help and support available. You are not alone.
Recognising the problem is always the hardest part about getting better. If you or a friend is struggling to control their gambling, you may find too.
Typically, people experiencing problems with gambling find themselves:
- being secretive about their betting habits
- struggling to quit for the day even when ‘up’
- betting despite not having the cash to do so
- breaking the law such as stealing or committing fraud
- with severe financial difficulties
If any of these signs are recognisable to you, it will help if you can approach someone in your family or a friend and chat with them.
If you do not have anyone close by that you feel comfortable approaching, your GP is likely to be the best place to start. They will also be able to refer you to Solihull Integrated Addiction Services (SIAS).