Gambling is an activity where people take part in a game by placing something of monetary value at risk in order to win money or a prize. There are many different forms of gambling – which can include the following: scratch cards, lotteries, bingo, betting on sports or events or playing casino games and arcade machines.

Gambling addiction is a form of impulse-control disorder where sufferers cannot control their urge to gamble - even when they are aware of the consequences.

People who have a gambling addiction may be likely to:

  • miss work or school in order to spend more time gambling
  • lose interest in usual activities or hobbies
  • withdraw from social activity
  • have arguments with friends or family
  • lie about their gambling and attempt to hide it from others
  • borrow money, sell possessions or steal in order to gamble
  • continue to gamble despite negative outcomes
  • suffer frequent mood swings

Counselling is a particularly successful treatment for gambling addiction.

At Castle Counselling Services we can offer you a safe, secure, confidential, non-judgemental space to discuss this issue. We can offer you individually tailored Cognitive Behavioural Therapy techniques, which can help you to understand your gambling more and learn new more healthy ways of managing your urge to gamble.

Who can help you?

Counselling services in the North Coast Causeway area of Northern Ireland, we can offer you an initial telephone consultation for 15/20 minutes free of charge for you to discuss the reason you are seeking counselling.