Gambling Therapy was launched by the Gordon House Association (now The Gordon Moody Association) on November 5th 2004. The forum and support groups followed in June 2005. Such has been the success of Gambling Therapy that we currently help several thousand members.
Our services include online advice and support for individuals, online support groups, a forum, and a database of useful resources. For more information on any of these services please see below. All of these services are available to anyone with a gambling problem and those affected by someone's gambling.
The helpline is often first contact.
You can connect to the advisor using any name you want; to it does not have to be your real name. Once connected to the advisor you will be able to see him/her on a webcam - it always helps to see a friendly face.
You and the advisor will be able to speak to each other by typing. The advisor will be able to give you various options of help and support that are available to you; we have a large database of resources. The advisor will also be able to give you practical advice to help you. It is all strictly confidential.
The helpline is for anyone who has a problem with gambling or anyone who is affected by someone's gambling.
There are support groups running at various times of the day over a seven day period. When registering on the website you don't have to use your real name if you prefer not to. Once in the group you can have live typed chat with others who are problem gamblers or someone affected by someone's gambling. The group is facilitated by a member of the Gambling Therapy Team. The groups are available for anyone needing help and support for a gambling problem or for anyone affected by someone's gambling.
There are five types of groups:
- Community - this is a group anyone can join in
- Compulsive Gamblers - this group is for problem gamblers only
- Family and Friends - this group is for anyone affected by someone's gambling
- Ex Gordon House Residents - this group is for ex residents that have gone through the residential programme a good way of keeping in touch with the friends made also making good use of the support available
- Unmoderated Evening and Weekend Chat Rooms
The groups are an excellent way to give and receive support and a safe place to offload any issues you may have.
The forum is open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. You will need to register to join the forum (you can use whatever name you wish; it doesn't have to be your real name). You can post your own story and reply to others. Writing can be very therapeutic and is excellent reference to look back on. Because the forum is global because of the time differences there is usually someone around that will reply to you.
The forum is available for anyone with a gambling problem and those affected by someone's gambling.
When the helpline is closed you can still make contact with Gambling Therapy by email; we aim to respond within twenty-four hours. However, if you prefer to talk to us this way then please do email, even if the advisor is online.Gambling Therapy offers a multilingual service currently spanning twenty two countries; making the option of help and support by email global and accessablible should your first language not be English.
Email service is available for anyone with a gambling problem and those affected by someone's gambling.
Gambling Therapy cannot offer online counselling service in Canada. Please contact the helpline for more information.