For many people. visiting a casino is a fun and enjoyable form of entertainment and one of the things that makes the experience exciting Is the element of risk and the chance to win, or to lose money. With any risk-taking activity it is important to ensure that you do not lose control. and for a small minority. gambling can become a problem. The temptation to keep trying your luck. or re-experience an early win may become irresistible. It's when you lose control of your gambling that it ceases to be an enjoyable social experience.
If each time you win. you find that you spend your winnings on more gambling, and if you lose. you desperately continue. hoping that a 'big win' is just around the corner, you may need to take stock of your gaming. If gambling has taken over your life and dominates your thoughts, if you cannot stop until you have run out of money or if you have lost relationships, friends, possessions or jobs as a result of your gambling
then this leaflet may help.
At Coral Island we are committed to helping our customers stay in control. and there are some simple steps you can take to ensure gaming remains an enjoyable entertainment experience.
Ask yourself the following questions to help understand if gambling is becoming an Issue for you.
The more you answer yes to any of the above, the greater the likelihood of a gambling problem. It is essential that you speak to someone about this.
Firstly, be honest with yourself and with others about your concerns and gambling habits. Take responsibility of the problem and seek help, running away or hiding the issue will not help. The following outlines some steps you can take to begin to address your gaming problem.
Overall be optimistic, gambling dependency can be overcome. Some gamblers find it impossible to go back to gambling without losing control, whilst others are able to return to controlled gambling at a later stage.
GamCare provides information, advice and counselling to individuals, their family and friends who have concerns about problem gambling.
A self-help fellowship of compulsive gamblers wanting to address their gambling problems running weekly groups throughout the country. The sister organisation GamAnon runs groups for partners/families of compulsive gamblers.