There's evidence that gambling can be successfully treated in the same way as other addictions. Cognitive behavioural therapy usually has the best results.
Treatment and support groups are available for people who want to stop gambling, see how the organisations below can support you:
NHS Northern Gambling Service
The NHS Northern Gambling Service (also known as the Northern Gambling Clinic) provides specialist addiction therapy and recovery to people affected by gambling addiction, as well as those with mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, trauma, and suicidal feelings. We also provide help to people close to those with gambling addiction, such as family, partners, and carers.
We’re a clinical team made up of psychologists, therapists, psychiatrists, and mental health nurses. We also have experts by experience – people who have recovered from gambling addiction.
Who can we help?
People with severe gambling addictions
Long-term gambling problems
Adverse experiences in childhood that may underlie the gambling problem
GamCare offers free information, support and counselling for problem gamblers in the UK. It runs the National Gambling Helpline (0808 8020 133) and also offers face-to-face counselling.
If you live in England or Wales, are aged 16 or over and have complex problems related to gambling, you can refer yourself to the National Problem Gambling Clinic. See if you meet the criteria for this service.
Gordon Moody Association
The Gordon Moody Association offers residential courses for men and women who have problems with gambling. For more information:
GamAnon provide local support groups for anyone affected by someone else's gambling problem – find your nearest group.
Although a lot of people gamble to escape feelings of depression or other mental health problems, gambling can actually make these conditions worse.
It is important to speak to professionals if you are worried about the impact of gambling on your mental health. Your GP may be the first person you talk to, and they may refer you to specialist services if they feel this will help.