Gambling problems

Whether you bet on sports, scratch cards, roulette, poker, or slots—in a casino or online—problem gambling can strain relationships, interfere with work, and lead to financial catastrophe.

You may even do things you never thought you would, like stealing money to gamble or pay your debts.

You may think you can’t stop but, with the right help, you can overcome a gambling problem or addiction and regain control of your life. The first step is recognizing and acknowledging the problem.

Get help now with one of the organisations listed below. If you need help getting out of debt contact one of the organisations in Debt help and advice.


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Organisation       Telephone/email     Website  Notes

0808 8020 133

Online support


BigDeal - for 12-18 year olds

For support, information, advice and free counselling to anyone suffering through a gambling problem.

Helpline 7 days a week 8am-midnight

Gamblers Anonymous

Online contact form

Live chat 24 hours a day

By phone - choose a time

Gamblers Anonymous UK

Key thing is to get to a meeting as soon as possible to discuss your problems with other people that have the same problems as you.

Find a meeting

Counselling Directory


n/a Counselling Directory Gambling

Counselling or psychotherapy provides a regular time for you to explore your feelings and talk about your problems. A counsellor can help you develop better ways of coping, allowing you to live the life you deserve.

Find a counsellor

CNWL National Problem Gambling Clinic (NHS) 020 7534 6699 CNWL National Problem Gambling Clinic If you live in England or Wales and are over 16, you can refer yourself to the only specialist NHS clinic for problem gamblers.
Gam-Anon (UK & Ireland)




For anyone who has been affected by a loved one's gambling problem.

Find a meeting in England and Ireland

Find a meeting in Scotland