If you feel that gambling is no longer fun, GameSense offers resources to help you take control.
Signs of a Problem with Gambling
If you’re nodding your head a little too much as you read this list, it could be a sign that it’s time to take control.
- Gambling for longer and longer periods of time
- Lying about gambling
- Often missing work or school to gamble
- Placing gambling above personal or family responsibilities
- Using gambling as an escape
- Gambling with money needed to pay the bills
- Believing the big win will solve all the problems
What can you do?
If you think someone has a problem with gambling, here’s how you can help:
- Show that you care and are concerned
- Make it clear you’re there as a friend
- Be ready with examples of how you and others have been affected
- Try not to lecture, sound judgmental, or insist they stop immediately
- Be supportive and offer resources for getting help
- Remember that it must be their choice to change, and only when they’re ready
Resources for Helping You or a Loved One Gamble Responsibly:
- Talk to a GameSense Advisor about the Voluntary Self-Exclusion program
- Call the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling Help Line at 800-426-1234 or visit https://masscompulsivegambling.org/
- Learn about the Outpatient Treatment Centers offered through the Massachusetts Department of Public Health
- Find a self-help group for people going through the same problems