Admitting you need help takes great strength and is an important first step on your path to recovery. Every year thousands of people all over Ireland receive support to help them overcome their gambling addictions.
- Gamblers Anonymous operate support groups throughout the country. Gamblers anonymous is made up of groups of men and women who gather regularly to share their experiences of problem-gambling and give each other strength and hope. Remember The only requirement for GA membership is a desire to stop gambling. Please click on the Gamblers Anonymous home page to view the times and locations of meetings. Contact details for different regions are available here.
- Gam-Anon is a support group for those who are affected by someone else’s problem gambling. Operated by Gamblers Anonymous the meetings are run in a similar way. There is no signing in, no charge and no appointment to make. There are no intrusive questions, no obligations, just a group of men and women who are husbands, wives, relatives or close friends of someone with a gambling problem.
- Dunlewey Gambling Addiction Services Professional counsellors are available at the end of the line to provide emotional support, advice and information. The service is nationwide, free and completely confidential. Phone lines are open seven days a week from 9am – 11pm. Please call 1800 936 725
- Gambling Therapy is a global service offering free practical advice and emotional support to anyone affected by problem gambling. Join an online support group from the comfort and privacy of your own home. Groups are facilitated by trained and experienced support workers or peer-run. Support Forums are available 24/7, you can pose questions, support others or simply keep others updated on your progress.
- Aiséirí run four rehabilitation and treatment centres around Ireland. Offering both residential and community programmes Aiséirí provides counselling and and specialist support for those recovering from addiction. Specialised programmes are available for adolescents and young adults. Information about treatment programs is available on the Aiséirí website or by calling 052-744 1166.
- Helplink Mental Health operates a free, national gambling problem / issue / addiction counselling service that is available 7 days a week and out-of-hours: online (like Skype but more secure) or by phone. This service is provided by fully accredited addiction counsellors for young people (aged 16 to 18 years) and adults alike. Please go to Helplink’s website by clicking here, for more information on this and their other counselling services; or call 0818 998880 / email [email protected].
For more information about problem-gambling and support services available please visit Gambling Care, a free online resource for those wishing to understand and manage a gambling addiction.