Problem Gambling

Our goal is to provide counselling services, and important resources that may help you, or someone you know who is experiencing problems with gambling.

What is Gambling

Any time you bet money or something of value on an event of uncertain outcome, you are gambling. This includes raffles, lotteries, bingo and sports events.

Some Kinds of Gambling

When some people think of gambling, they think only of casino gambling. In fact, gambling occurs in many forms. Here are some examples:

  • Casinos
  • Bingo
  • Scratch Tickets
  • Pull Tabs (Nevada Tickets)
  • Race track betting
  • Stock Market Speculation
  • VLTs and Slot Machines
  • Card Games
  • Betting on Sports Games (Football, Golf)

What you can do?

If you think you have a problem or know someone who does, there are qualified people you can call. We can help you with more information or refer you to the right person in your area.

Problem Gambling

Our goal is to provide counselling services, and important resources that may help you, or someone you know who is experiencing problems with gambling.

Gambling is a problem when it adversely affects: relationships, family, friends; physical, social and mental health; employment; or finances.

When is gambling a problem?

Gambling becomes a problem when it:

  • makes you feel out of control
  • disrupts your relationships
  • interferes with your work
  • affects your physical and mental health
  • strains your finances
  • takes over more and more of your life

What you can do:

If you think you have a problem or know someone who does, there are qualified people you can call. We can help you with more information or refer you to the right person in your area.

Who is at Risk?

Our goal is to provide counselling services, and important resources that may help you, or someone you know who is experiencing problems with gambling.

The following are some signs that a person may have a gambling problem:

  • Gambling for longer periods of time - spending long or increasing amounts of time at gambling venues.
  • Pre-occupation with gambling - constantly thinking about and preparing for gambling.
  • "Chasing losses" - gambling more often and playing higherstakes to "win back lost money."
  • Frequent unexplained absences - from home or work and undue secrecy.
  • Gambling to escape from obligations or daily pressures.
  • Growing debt from gambling - lying or criminal activity to finance gambling.
  • Neglecting family/personal needs - e.g. nutrition, sleep, schooling, general well being.
  • You gamble to cope with loneliness, depression, boredom or stress.
  • You believe in the big win.

What you can do?

If you think you have a problem or know someone who does, there are qualified people you can call. We can help you with more information or refer you to the right person in your area.

Mini Assessment

Our goal is to provide counselling services, and important resources that may help you, or someone you know who is experiencing problems with gambling.

Recreational gambling is enjoyable and should not cause problems for you or anyone else in your life. If you answer, "yes" to any of the following questions you may be developing a gambling problem.

Gambling questions:
Have you ever tried to cut back or stop gambling?
Have you ever borrowed or stolen money to gamble or had other financial problems as a result of your gambling?
Do you feel high when gambling, depressed after losing, anxious or irritable when you're not able to gamble?
Has your gambling caused problems with your relationships, job or other important aspects of your life?
Have you felt guilty about your gambling or has anyone ever told you that you have a gambling problem?
For a thorough assessment contact Riverside Problem Gambling Services at (807) 274-4807

What you can do?

If you think you have a problem or know someone who does, there are qualified people you can call. We can help you with more information or refer you to the right person in your area.

Early Signs

Our goal is to provide counselling services, and important resources that may help you, or someone you know who is experiencing problems with gambling.

Problem or compulsive gambling is often called the Hidden Addiction. However, there are signs!

Early signs of compulsive gambling:
Spends large amounts of time gambling. This allows little time for family, friends or hobbies.
Begins to place larger, more frequent bets. Larger bets are necessary to get the same level of excitement.
Refuses to explain behavior, or lies about it. The person with a gambling problem may be slow to return home. Gamblers have often driven to Bingo or to the Casino in the middle of the night.
Feels frequent highs and lows. If unable to gamble, the problem gambler misses the thrill of the action and may be bad-tempered, withdrawn, depressed or restless.
Boasts about winning. The person with a gambling problem loves to relive a win but will minimize losses when others express their concern. Wins and losses may also be kept secret.
Others may not be fully aware of the degree of the problem until a financial crisis is discovered. Then, money problems interfere with personal feelings and getting help for the problem or compulsive gambler.

What you can do?

If you think you have a problem or know someone who does, there are qualified people you can call. We can help you with more information or refer you to the right person in your area.

Responsible Gambling

Our goal is to provide counselling services, and important resources that may help you, or someone you know who is experiencing problems with gambling.

For many people gambling is exciting and entertaining. They make careful decisions about spending time and money, where to go and how to have fun. The following are some ways people gamble responsibly.

Tips For Responsible Gambling:
Gamble for entertainment, not as a way to make money.
Balance gambling with other leisure activities.
Only use discretionary income, not money for every day expenses.
Set a budget and stick to it.
If you are losing, don't chase your losses.
Set a time limit and take frequent breaks.
Gambling is often regarded with a sense of mystique. Many people believe they can "win big" over time. The following are some common misconceptions about gambling:

Gambling is an easy way to make money.
Gambling is the solution to my problems.
I believe I can beat the odds.
Borrowing to gamble is okay.
I can always win it back.
I am a lucky person.
This machine is ready for a large payoff.
If you flip a coin and it comes up "heads" several times in a row, the next time it is more likely to come up "tails."
My lottery number is bound to come up if I play it consistently.
I don't have a gambling problem, it's a financial problem.
10 Tips to make gambling fun:

Gamble for fun, not as a way to make money.
Decide ahead of time how much money you plan to spend and stick to it.
Leave credit cards and bank cards at home.
Gamble only with money that you can afford to lose.
If you win big, enjoy! BUT DON'T expect it to happen again.
When gambling, take breaks: walk around, eat, and talk to someone.
Gamble sober.
Balance gambling with other leisure activities.
Do not try to win back your losses.
Make your own decisions about gambling - don't gamble because others want you to.
What you can do?

If you think you have a problem or know someone who does, there are qualified people you can call. We can help you with more information or refer you to the right person in your area.

Resources

Our goal is to provide counselling services, and important resources that may help you, or someone you know who is experiencing problems with gambling.

For more information:

Riverside Community Counselling Services (807) 274-4807

Call the Ontario Problem Gambling Helpline 1-888-230-3505
This helpline is confidential, anonymous, free and available 24 hours a day.

Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse Help Line Directory
Responsible Gambling Council
The Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Committee
National Council on Problem Gambling
Problem Gambling Centre

If you think you have a problem or know someone who does, there are qualified people you can call. We can help you with more information or refer you to the right person in your area.