Gambling Counselling Perth & Australia Wide
We offer gambling counselling in Perth & Australia. Our counsellors will allow you to share the impact of gambling in your life in a safe & non-threatening environment.
What Is Addiction?
Addiction can mean different things to different people, but it generally refers to the repetitive use of a substance or activity, even though it interferes with other aspects of someone’s day-to-day life. It can be understood as a compulsion or a reliance on substance or activity, without which you struggle.
How Does It Work; Physical vs Psychological Dependence.
Addictions can be physical or psychological.
Physical addictions involve a physical dependence; over time, tolerance builds up and more of the substance will need to be taken to feel the same effects and giving up will cause strong withdrawal symptoms. Drug and alcohol dependence such as cigarettes and strong painkillers are examples of physical addictions.
Psychological addictions come from an emotional or psychological desire. Although cravings come from the brain, they can feel just as strong as physical dependencies, so feelings of withdrawal, insomnia and irritability can all be produced by the brain. Sex, shopping, exercise, gaming and gambling are just some examples of psychological addictions.
How does problem gambling start? Some signs include:
- unexplained debt or borrowing
- money or assets disappearing
- unpaid bills or disconnection notices
- lack of food in the house
- losing wallets or money regularly
- moodiness, unexplained anger
- decreased contact with friends
- avoidance of social events
- secretiveness about activities
- disappearing for amounts of time that they cannot account for
- overusing sick days and days off
Counselling is one of the many options for people looking to find support and help for problems caused by gambling. A counsellor is someone who is non-judgmental, listens and cares and will do their best to provide support, information and strategies for change. Counselling provides a supportive environment in which to discuss issues or concerns with a professional.
The counsellors can offer support and strategies to make changes to take back control. It allows you to talk about the impact gambling has had on your life in a safe, confidential, non-threatening environment.
Why Choose Lifeskills Australia?
I walked out of Lifeskills feeling…
“I was taught some great behavioural skills, coping skills and learned about myself and why I behave the way I do”
“Equipped with tools to face challenges that will come. I feel connected to myself, my partner and my children”
“ Clearer about decisions and changes I need to make to move forward and face the next chapter ”
“Confident, excited, lighter. I feel like I can breathe again”
“Ready to get back into it and stand in me again. Stronger, lighter, empowered!”
“ Revitalised and with a deeper view on the next chapter of life and career. ”
“ Ready to address the next chapter with confidence. ”
“ I have a better understanding of why I am the way I am and that to have a healthy relationship I need to first take care of myself. ”
“ Accomplished, ready to get on with my life in a cleaner more honest way. ”
“ I have purpose – and control of my life. ”