Skip to Main Content

Let’s talk gambling

For advice on gambling issues that many people experience – Let’s talk gambling.

Our blog features articles from experts and real experiences from people who have overcome gambling harm.

One young male and a female seated at a table, with microphones and papers

A new series of Let’s Talk Gambling vodcasts has been created to share practical steps and expert advice on how to support yourself or your loved ones through gambling harm.

Discover

A woman in a kitchen holding a cup, smiling and ready to enjoy a beverage.

Overcome gambling impulses with self-awareness

Cultivating self-awareness helps us notice any urges and impulses to gamble, and can help us make informed decisions as to how to best manage them.

Read article
Couple holding hands on couch with papers in front of them.

Rebuilding trust after gambling

Explore how to navigate the impact of harmful gambling on relationships, and how to rebuild through open communication, honesty and consistent behaviour.

Read article
A man wearing glasses seated at a desk with a laptop and looking unenthusiastically at his mobile.

How boredom triggers gambling and what you can do about it

Do you find yourself gambling when you’re bored? In this article, we explore the relationship between boredom and gambling, and provide you with some practical tips about how to break that cycle and find alternatives.

Read article
Friends sitting around a table with drinks and snacks. One of the them is watching the tv on a sofa. Another is seated on a chair looking at this phone with a friend hovering over him.

What to do when your friends are gambling

Changing your relationship with gambling can be hard when your friends also gamble. This article provides some tips as to how to handle social situations and friendships, without compromising on your own values and boundaries regarding gambling.

Read article
A woman seated on a couch, looking at her phone in-contemplation.

How stress can trigger a gambling relapse

Urges to gamble can be strong, especially when we are feeling stressed. It is very important that when we decide we no longer want to gamble, or want to reduce our gambling, that we also think about how we can manage general day-to-day stress.

Read article
A man is splashing water onto his face while standing in front of a bathroom sink

Manage gambling urges using this simple trick

Do you ever find yourself overwhelmed by the urge to gamble? In those intense moments, it's essential to have a practical tool to help you stay on track and manage that distress.

Read article
An woman seated on a couch engaged in a conversation with another individual who is holding a pen

What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and how can it help you with your gambling?

In this article, we delve into explaining what Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is and how it can assist you in dealing with your gambling struggles.

Read article
A man with dreadlocks standing on a balcony, enjoying the view

Intrusive gambling thoughts and how to manage them

If you’re experiencing intrusive thoughts about gambling, here are some strategies to help you manage these thoughts more effectively.

Read article
A woman is seated in the driver's seat of a car, holding the steering wheel, smiling confidently.

Five reasons to try quitting gambling again

What happens if you find it hard to stick with quitting, and go back to gambling? This article details five reasons why you should try again.

Read article
A young male holding and looking at his mobile phone on his right hand and a credit card on his left hand.

How to manage pay day gambling urges

When struggling with gambling, payday can be difficult. Here are a few strategies that might help to make payday easier to manage.

Read article
A young man

5 steps to staying gamble-free

The journey of gambling recovery is filled with ups and downs, so it's important to find strategies to help you stay committed to your recovery.

Read article
Behaviour change model - Stages: Pre-contemplation, contemplation, preparedness, action, maintenance

The 5 stages of behaviour change

The 5-stage model of behaviour change can be applied when trying to change all sorts of behaviours, including changing one’s relationship with gambling.

Read article
A woman engaged in online gambling on her smartphone

Gambling among women: A hidden issue

Women who have online gambling accounts tend to play more often, for longer, in isolation, and spend more money in total than men.

Read article
An man seated on a wooden chair indoors, working on a laptop under an umbrella whilst soaking his feet in a basin.

The ‘gambling getaway’: An illusion of escape

Gambling can be a way to escape from day-to-day stressors. But, the problems are often still there when we return from our 'getaway’.

Read article
Emoticons

How to regulate your emotions in 4 easy steps

Emotions drive behaviour, and form an essential part of our lives. In the context of gambling, acting on some of these emotions can be harmful, and cause relapses.

Read article
A woman looking out of the window

Breaking the link between depression and gambling

Research has shown for some time that depression and gambling addiction are linked and depression is amongst several factors that can lead to gambling addiction.

Read article
A young male seated on a couch, holding a credit card, grinning at their mobile device.

Reacting to the recent: mental biases in gambling

It's very common for people to make thinking errors when gambling, and there are many different types of thinking errors that impact decision-making in gambling.

Read article
A young woman in denim jacket looking ahead with a smile

How to deal with guilt and shame from gambling

When trying to stop or reduce gambling, it is important to be aware of any thoughts that may lead to feelings of shame, which can lead to problems for mental health.

Read article
Illustration of brain

What triggers the urge to gamble?

Do you find that some days are harder to get through compared to others? That some days the urge to gamble might be stronger than others?

Read article
Closeup of a hand over another person's hand, providing reassurance

How to support a family member who is struggling with gambling

If you have a family member experiencing difficulties with gambling, you are in a unique position to provide assistance, support and help start recovery.

Read article
A young father holding his daughter, aged around four on a skateboard

7 ways gambling can harm you — and what to do about it

Gambling can result in a lot of harm, in fact, there are seven distinct ways in which people can experience gambling-related harm to varying degrees.

Read article
An illustrated image of a hand holding a pair of scissors cutting the strings of a puppet

Chasing losses: The goal post that keeps moving

In gambling the more you lose, the more desperate you feel to gain the money back, and the more bets you find yourself placing to chase losses.

Read article
Side view of a young male sitting on a couch browsing content on his smartphone

Spotlight on self-exclusion

Self-exclusion is a voluntary process where a person bans themselves from entering specific gambling venues, or from accessing online providers.

Read article
Close up on legs wearing jeans and white sneakers walking on directional sign on asphalt road.

Values: What are they, and why do they matter?

Values are our “deepest desires” that guide our way of life. Values can be thought of as an inner compass, that might guide us in a particular direction in life.

Read article
A bearded man sitting amidst the serene beauty of the woods, enjoying the calmness around

Embracing mindfulness

The goal of mindfulness is to build flexibility to acknowledge thoughts, feelings, and behaviours as they come up, and to be able to let them pass without judgement.

Read article
A person's finger hovering over buttons labeled "facts" and "beliefs", symbolising the choice between objective information and subjective perspectives

Seeing what we want to see – thinking errors in gambling

Confirmation bias is a thinking error that causes humans to unknowingly favour information that supports the beliefs they already hold.

Read article
A man and a woman engaged in a conversation while seated together on a couch.

Communication is key – how to have the tough conversations

Research shows that having social support significantly increases the ability to manage or abstain from gambling, and helps to maintain hard-earned gains.

Read article
A man and woman engaged in a conversation in a professional setting.

What to expect when seeing a counsellor

The process of going to see a gambling counsellor can be quite daunting, so let’s talk about what therapy involves and how it can help you.

Read article
iStock-1134652199.jpg

Gambling and alcohol - A risky combination

Mixing alcohol and gambling can actually be a risky combination. Combining alcohol and gambling results in spending more money gambling than they intended to.

Read article
The science of addiction.png

The science of addiction

Understanding the science of addiction helps someone with gambling addiction to make sense of the 'why' and what steps they could take to help themselves.

Read article
The brain’s cue and reward system

The brain’s cue and reward system

University of Melbourne neuroscientist Dr Jared Cooney Horvath talked to us about what happens in our brain when addiction occurs, and how to overcome it.

Read article
Close up of an unhappy couple

Weighing up the risk - When your loved ones stop supporting you

It is essential to consider how your gambling could be affecting your family as ignoring these consequences can lead to greater problems within your relationships.

Read article
A group of individuals at a house gathering, engrossed making bets on their smartphones

Sports betting – can we have one without the other?

Learn the tips on how you can experience the joys of your favourite sports whilst being mindful of gambling. For support on any gambling issue call 1800 858 858.

Read article
Main_mob_1536x1160_Keeden.jpg

Strong Brother, Strong Sister, strong futures

Strong Brother, Strong Sister is a First Nations owned, operated service for First Nations young people. SBSS focuses on living physically and mentally healthy lives.

Read article
Close up of a hand with a coin and ready to toss the coin

​​“Due for a win”: Thinking errors in gambling

There are lots of different types of thinking errors that people make when gambling. One particularly common one is known as ‘The Gambler’s Fallacy’.

Read article
A young male looking at his phone

Urge surfing – Tips on how to manage the urge to gamble

Often, despite all the hard work we’ve put in, we continue to get urges to gamble. The good news is, these urges can be tolerated without having to act on them!

Read article
The back of a male who is sitting on an edge overlooking the beach.

You’ve had a bust - now what?

Gambling lapse / relapse is very common and treating yourself with compassion is actually much more useful, than being excessively hard on yourself.

Read article
Closeup shot of an individual sitting on a couch with her hands folded in front of a Christmas tree

Getting through the festive season

The holidays can bring about mixed emotions for many people including stress, boredom and loneliness. Here are some suggestions for how to manage gambling urges.

Read article
CampMon_sub_JCH_600x450.jpg

Gambling and the malleable brain

The brain changed by gambling has the capacity to change further, and through learning and new experience, the urge to gamble can lessen and even disappear.

Read article
A woman lying down with her head on the pillow, awake and looking up at the ceiling

Gambling dreams

Gambling dreams or “relapse dreams” are very common, especially in the early stages of trying to change your relationship with gambling.

Read article
3. DIY Tools.jpg

Do-it-yourself tools to fight the gambling urge

Read article
Photo of four smiling middle-aged women in a pub environment, three sitting at a table and one standing behind them.

Re-making meaning: social connection after gambling harm

Gabriele Byrne drew on her lived experience of playing the pokies to establish social groups supporting those seeking help to quit.

Read article
2. Block Gambling Transactions.jpg

Gambling blocks on credit and debit cards

A gambling block on a credit or debit card means the account cannot be used to pay for gambling products or activities. It can be activated through banking apps.

Read article
Man in his 30s wearing casual blue winter clothing stands on the footpath of a narrow Melbourne street and smiles at the camera.

Prisoners of shame no more

Profound shame about their gambling and its impact on their family’s reputation is stopping many gamblers in the Australian-Vietnamese community from seeking help.

Read article
A man holding his mobile on one hand and a credit card in the other. The mobile screen has the words 'bet' on it.

Why online gambling can be risky

Online gambling is riskier because in addition to financial losses, you may experience negative effects on your mood, stress, relationships and wellbeing.

Read article
Rebecca_Main_mob_1536x1160.jpg

An insight into Gambling Minds

Consultant psychiatrist Dr Rebecca Hope considers the particular vulnerability of people struggling with gambling harm, mental illness and addiction during COVID-19-related restrictions.

Read article
Mike Kirkness.JPG

The long tail of emergency response

Mike Kirkness from Latrobe Community Health Service was one of the financial counsellors on the frontline helping bush-fire affected people in 2019-20.

Read article
Main_mob_TeleH_1536x1160.jpg

Telehealth in the spotlight

A survey of Gambler’s Help counsellors captures the challenges and successes of the rapid move to telehealth counselling during the early days of COVID-19.

Read article
A male and a female standing in front of a building

Connecting with customers is Number One

In any gambling venue, venue staffs must be observant and report anything of concern to a Responsible Gaming Officer who must be present in the gaming room.

Read article
5. Managing Urges_.jpg

Managing urges

Learning to tolerate feeling uncomfortable during an urge is important to maintain change.

Read article
sm_Jodi_Clarke_hero_photo.jpg

Gambling counsellor, Jodi Clarke

Gambling counsellor Jodi Clarke talks about helping people with gambling problems and their families to work through the issues and recover.

Read article
A man holding a glass of orange juice on a kitchen counter. On the counter there are bananas and apples.

Self-care: combat stress and resist old habits

Self-care during periods of stress or boredom – when you may otherwise slip into old habits, like gambling – can help to reduce anxiety & improve general wellbeing.

Read article
YAPAP-Main-mob-1536x1160-Inside-Gambling-06-07-18.jpg

Bright minds, bright ideas: young Aboriginal people get the facts on gambling harm

Young Aboriginal People’s Awareness Program (YAPAP) aims to help young Aboriginals gain a balanced, realistic understanding of the risks associated with gambling.

Read article
CALD-Main-mobile-1536x1160-Inside-gambling-14-05-18.jpg

Supporting communities to know the risks

Research shows that while members of CALD communities are less likely to gamble, but those who do gamble are at higher risk of developing problems.

Read article
Close up on the legs of a person walking in the sunlit grass.

Staying positive each day

One of the best and simplest ways to feel positive each day is to think about what you’re grateful for. Gratitude is strongly associated with greater happiness.

Read article
Photograph-Chantelle-McGuinness-mobile-Jul-2016.JPG

Gambler’s Help financial counsellor, Chantelle McGuinness

Gambler’s Help financial counsellor Chantelle McGuinness talks about her rewarding job helping Aboriginal people work their way out of financial hardship caused by gambling.

Read article
A man lying on a couch, wearing headphones, and relaxing in a comfortable position

How to change a gambling habit

Changing a habit involves recognising the feelings that lead to a specific action, like gambling, and then retraining your brain to respond differently to it.

Read article
ChineseNY_Main_mob_1536x1160.jpg

Chinese New Year brings a fresh start

There are strong beliefs about luck in Chinese culture, which can be heightened by New Year festivities – the emphasis on getting together & playing games for money.

Read article
Peter-Owen_Main_mob_1536x1160.jpg

Making changes: snapshots from a regional Gambler’s Help service

A day in the life of the Gambler’s Help team in Geelong is a day of compassion, advocacy and enthusiasm as they support local community members through gambling harm.

Read article
A group of people sitting at a table at a coffee shop

Cultural nuance is key to preventing gambling harm

Gambling – Secret No More involved a series of gambling awareness information sessions highlighting the risks of gambling harm and culturally relevant help at hand.

Read article
Two women in black smiling at the camera in front of some greenery, one tall with long hair while the shorter woman has red hair.

Complex treatment at the crossroads

The team at Alfred Mental Health and Gambling Harm Program offers short-term treatment and assessment of clients struggling with mental health and gambling.

Read article
Photo of two seated women smiling at the camera, one wearing black and the other wearing white, sharing a cuppa at a table in an outdoor setting with a large exercise book open between them.

Coming up for air through counselling partnership

A financial and a therapeutic counsellor work in tandem with clients to help them manage their stress while freeing them from the financial woes.

Read article
Stigma_Main_mob_Inside-Gambling_Oct-2019_1536x1160.JPG

On stigma and how we can tackle it

In encouraging help-seeking and individual actions and controls, gambling harm campaigns were found to reinforce personal responsibility.

Read article
Main_mob_1536x1160.jpg

VCAL lessons for life

When Noah Grech’s VCAL studies reflected what personal experience had taught him, he became so motivated that he believes he’s identified his career direction.

Read article
Photo of a smiling teenage boy with short dark hair wearing a blue T-shirt and head phones around his neck, sitting at a desk on which there are two computer screens, one with a video game displayed.

Lifting the lid on gaming

The popularity of gambling-like products in computer games played by many Australian children comes under the spotlight in new videos released.

Read article
m-pam-five-minutes-with.jpg

Gambler’s Help financial counsellor, Pam Mutton

Gambler’s Help financial counsellor Pam Mutton gets immense satisfaction from helping people with gambling problems pay back their debts and stay debt-free.

Read article
An man stands on a railing, taking in the beautiful view.

Community educator, David Clark

David from Incolink spoke to Inside gambling about the challenges young apprentices face and the rewards of helping them steer clear of gambling problems.

Read article
Libraries-after-dark-Main-Mobile-1536x1160-Inside-gambling-14-05-18.jpg

Shelter from the storm

By staying open late and offering interesting activities in a welcoming environment, a group of libraries in Melbourne’s north is seeking to reduce gambling harm.

Read article
Four men standing smiling on a city balcony with skyscrapers and construction work behind them

Helping young gamblers help themselves

With 95% of building and construction workers being male, industry body Incolink is in a prime position to help young apprentices understand gambling risks.

Read article
alcohol_and_gambling_mobile.jpg

When substance misuse and gambling problems converge

Drug and alcohol treatment services organisation Odyssey House has developed training and resources for workers to use when their clients also have gambling issues.

Read article
Close-up image of green piggy bank sitting on a calculator.

‘What difference is another $20,000?’ Recognising financial harm

Gambler’s Help clients and counsellors say recognising early signs of problem gambling can prevent bigger problems developing.

Read article
Photograph-Graphic-m-five-minutes-with-hoda-main.JPG

Five minutes with Arabic counsellor, Hoda Nahal

Hoda Nahal, a senior counsellor with Arabic Welfare, helps people from Arabic-speaking backgrounds who are experiencing harm from gambling.

Read article

Counselling - What's Involved?

Considering getting help for your gambling but not sure what's involved? Gambler's Help counsellor Jake dispels some common fears and explains what to expect in counselling.

There is hope for recovery for people who gamble

In this video, therapeutic counsellor, Cherry Louey dispels some common fears and explains what really happens when you receive counselling through Gambler’s Help.