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    Where can I find support for gambling addiction?

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  • Family Therapy is my passion, I worked at Redbank House for 10 years, working intensely with families, primarily with children with behaviour difficulties. Then and … View Profile

    There is quite a lot of support for ganbling addiction,  GA anonymous runs along similar lines to AA
    and is very helpful, Apart from having a private practice where I see clients with gambling addiction I also work at St  Johen of God at Richmond and in our addictions program we have a steady flow of gambling addicts,  Often a secondary addiction to alcohol, many of our clients who gamble do so when they have been drinking.  There is also a centre for multicultural gambling addicts in Lidcombe.

    Mary Jane Beach

  • Daniel Bonnar

    Clinical Psychologist, Psychologist

    Hello, the best place to start when looking for support and/or treatment services for a gambling addiction is your General Practitioner. They will be able to conduct a preliminary assessment and then refer on to a gambling specific service or practitioner with experience in treating gambling addictions (e.g. psychologist). From that point, a more thorough assessment would be used to begin treatment planning. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), which tries to change the thoughts and behaviours that contribute to gambling, is the most effective treatment currently available. 

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