Family & Friends

If you have concerns over a loved one’s gambling habits, there is information to assist family and friends. You cannot force someone to acknowledge that they have an issue with gambling but you can encourage them to seek professional help. If you're not sure how to approach the situation, a counsellor can help point you in the right direction.

 

You cannot change the gambler's behaviour - they have to be willing to change themselves.

As a person without a problem you can't understand why the person with the gambling problem doesn't just stop. You might try many ways to stop them but you just can't control the person's behaviour.

You need to focus away from their behaviour and deal with your own feelings. This will help you to see the gambler as a person in crisis and out of control. This will then allow you to be supportive and to understand their feelings, and yet not apply pressure about their behaviour.

Does someone you care about have an issue with gambling?

You cannot force someone to acknowledge that they have an issue with gambling but you can encourage them to seek professional help. If you're not sure how to approach the situation, a counsellor can help point you in the right direction.

How do you know if someone close to you has an issue with gambling?

People gamble for many reasons - for excitement, the thrill of winning or to be social. Gambling becomes an issue when it causes harm to the gambler and those close to them. Usually this means they are spending more money or time on gambling than they can afford.

 

Call 1800 753 753 in confidence to speak

to a professional counsellor for advice.

 

About The IRGB

The IRGB provides an industry funded resource in the Republic of Ireland to deliver a gateway to education of responsible gambling, increasing awareness and treatment of problem gambling. This initiative acts as a hub for industry funding of research, education and treatment. It also delivers GambleAware in Ireland to provide advice, education, awareness and support for gamblers, their families and any gambling related problems.

The IRGB has a simple underlying principle governing our direction:

 

To ensure that those who need assistance, support and treatment for problem gambling issues can get the help they need.

 


For further information contact: IRGB, 16/17, South Terrace, Cork, Ireland.
E: info@gambleaware.ie