Gambling Therapy

7 Maughan Street, Dudley DY1 2BA, United Kingdom


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About Gambling Therapy

Gambling Therapy is a free online service that provides practical advice and emotional support to people affected by problem gambling who reside outside Great Britain.

We are global online support service for people who have been adversely affected by gambling.

Our team of expert advisers deliver effective support via:

  • A text based Live Advice Helpline
  • A wide variety of online groups and forums
  • Confidential advice by e-mail
  • Information database on local resources around the world.

Gambling Therapy is part of the UK based charity Gordon Moody Association.


The Gambling Therapy Team

At present we offer a robust service in terms of the range of skills we have to offer when delivering support.

Some of our staff and volunteers are problem gamblers or have been involved with someone who is a problem gambler which provides them with a valuable insight into what some of you may be going through.

Those staff and volunteers without direct experience of problem gambling are trained counsellors or support workers with training in counselling skills and/or online support.

Some of our staff and volunteers  have both experience and counselling training!

We have a mixture of ages, both genders and unique styles when it comes to the interventions we use which means there is usually someone here you will find it easy to talk to.



The Cycle of Addiction

There are many different ways in which addictions are viewed depending on which organisation you ask!  Gambling Therapy subscribe to the view that a gambling addiction is a learnt behaviour.  The behaviour could have been learnt from another individual, or self-taught, but it does not spontaneously appear in the way that an illness would.  A learnt behaviour can be unlearnt and a new behaviour can be learnt in its place. Once an awareness of the addiction arises, a decision can be made by the conscious mind to bring about a new method of coping. 

There are six stages within the addiction, which do not necessarily manifest in a linear way, and they are as follows: 

  • Pre-contemplative – The problem is not identified and there is no motivation for change
  • Contemplative – Thoughts arise as to whether change is required or possible
  • Determination – A decision is made that change is required and possible and plans are made with regards to how this is going to happen
  • Action – Plans are put into action
  • Maintenance – Barriers are put in place to ensure continued success
  • Relapse – The addiction takes hold once more and the individual re-enters the pre-contemplative stage

Not all compulsive gamblers will go through every stage and they may not enter them in this particular order however, what is consistent within recovery is the power of conscious decision making.  In order to effect change the addiction has to move out of the subconscious and into the conscious mind where a decision can be made whilst “in awareness”.

This is the belief of Gambling Therapy and does not necessarily represent the personal views of all staff, volunteers and members.


Our Services for People Affected by Problem Gambling


Problem Gambling Support Helpline

Our team of expert advisers are available to talk to you in “real time” on our Live Advice Helpline.  This helpline is for people who are worried about thier own gambling or someone else's.  We can answer questions, provide information or give you some much needed emotional support during difficult times.  If this is your first visit to our site the helpline might be a good place to start!  You can also use the helpline if you need support with the Gambling Therapy site.  We are here to help!  


Online Gambling Therapy Support Groups

We run regular groups on a range of subjects for both problem gamblers and their friends and families. You don’t need to be the fastest or best typist in the world; just log into a group to feel welcomed and accepted by your peers and representatives of Gambling Therapy.  We have recovery and support groups that are facilitated by trained and experienced support workers, and groups that are peer-run and friendly.  


Gambling Therapy Support Forums

Our active gambling support forums are available 24/7 and as people use our site from all over the world there’s usually someone around to respond to your posts.  Use them to journal about your own recovery from gambling problems, or about your loved ones.  You can pose questions, support others or simply to keep others updated on your progress but please use them responsibly.


E-mail support for those affected by problem gambling

If you prefer to take your time to write down your concerns and questions about problem gambling, or if the helpline is closed, please e-mail us and we’ll get back to you with a response within two working days.

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7 Maughan Street, Dudley DY1 2BA, United Kingdom