Supporting partners, friends and family

If you believe that a friend or family member is having problems with gambling or you are affected in some way by this issue, it will naturally be a very worrying time for you.

Please feel free to read through the pages on this website, which provides information to help you deal with this difficult situation, including contact details for some of the excellent gambling support agencies that offer help for partners, friends and families. A brief summary of the types of support provided by some of these agencies appear below.


The dedicated section ‘For partners, friends and family‘ on the GamCare website provides advice on how to get help, ‘Some do’s’ and ‘Some don’ts’ on the ways you can support them and, just as importantly, on how to get help for yourself. GamCare offer a range of services including a free helpline, an online forum, free counselling and putting you in touch with support groups.

GamAnon (sister organisation of Gamblers Anonymous)

GamAnon runs support groups for partners and families of compulsive gamblers and further details of this service and other helpful information is available on their website.

Gambling Therapy (part of the Gordon Moody Association)

Gambling Therapy offers a global online support service for people who have been adversely affected by gambling. This includes a text based Live Advice Helpline and a wide variety of online groups and forums.

Telephone: 01384 241292
A hostel providing accommodation, counselling and rehabilitation for compulsive gamblers on a residential basis.

They also provide a useful app offering information on the move about playing responsibly and further details about support agencies. This can be downloaded from the Apple Store or Google Play by searching for “Gambling Therapy”. For more information click here.

National Problem Gambling Clinic

The clinic provides family therapy, which involves helping family members to help each other, gain new perspectives and find new solutions to the difficulties they are experiencing. Further details and how to access this service can be found here.

Last updated 27/02/2017