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How to control or stop gambling yourself

The first step in deciding whether stopping or reducing your gambling is the right choice for you

  1. Can I financially afford to gamble at all right now? For example, do I owe money?
  2. In the past, was I able to control my gambling and how much I spent on it?
  3. Will my family support my continued gambling and not be harmed by it, even if my gambling is limited?
  4. Can I gamble without wanting to win back money that I have already lost?

If you answered no to any of these questions then trying to cut down may not be the best choice or an easy goal for you to achieve.

That’s because continuing gambling, even if it is less than before, is likely to worsen your financial situation, upset people around you, and be difficult to achieve.

Even more importantly, if your motivation to gamble is to try to win back money you have lost, you are at risk of making your situation worse.

Tips on how to control or stop gambling

Regaining control

Preparing to stop gambling

If your gambling is causing problems in your life, there are steps you can take to give up gambling. Call 1800 858 858 for free advice and support.

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Control my gambling

Follow these helpful tips, such as: set a money limit in advance, never chase your losses, don't drink when gambling, etc. to help keep the balance right.

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Money management

Are you spending more than you should on gambling? Consider these tips for managing your money to help you stop or cut back on gambling.

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Self-help tools to control or stop gambling

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Reset App

Reset is a free and confidential app that will help you better understand your gambling. Learn how to control gambling urges to successfully stop or reduce your gambling.

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100 Day Challenge

100 Day Challenge is a flexible program that offers you 100 alternative activities to help resist the urge to gamble and focus your energy on other aspects of life.

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Problem Gambling Severity Index (PGSI)

Self-exclusion

Self-exclusion is a free program where you ban yourself from gaming venues or online gambling. Call 1800 858 858 if you need help with this.

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YourPlay

YourPlay is a personal gaming card that enables you to track how much money and time you spend at pokies venues throughout Melbourne and Victoria.

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Self-help guide to control or stop gambling

This manual lets you work through understanding and getting control of your gambling in your own way and at your own pace. Using it you can do a self-assessment, and then set goals. It includes exercises to help you achieve and maintain your goals.

Help yourself: a self-help guide to overcoming gambling problems

Support to control or stop gambling

If you find yourself needing assistance to break free from the grip of gambling, we're here for you. Our team offers valuable support and guidance, drawing upon expertise in counselling and extensive experience with gambling-related challenges.

We are dedicated to helping you navigate the impact of gambling and empowering you to regain control. Take the first step towards a gambling-free life – let us be your partner on this journey to recovery.