Gambling, Gaming & Technology Use
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Information and Support For Families

This section is for people who are worried that someone close to them has a gambling problem. If you have problems with gambling yourself, please see the Getting Help section.

Most families faced with problem gambling want to know how they can regain control of their lives. We hope this section will help you:

  • Understand how gambling may affect your family
  • Learn how to help someone with a gambling problem
  • Find ways to get your family life back in order
  • Deal with money issues
  • Learn how counselling can help you and your family
  • Find resources that have helped other families

Your life may feel out of control right now. But with help, your family can deal with and get over problems caused by gambling. People with gambling problems do recover, and their families do heal. Your family can be one of them. By reading this information on, you have taken an important first step.

Problem Gambling: A Guide for Parents

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This guide is for parents who have a gambling problem, as well as other parents who are concerned about the effects of problem gambling on their children. It may also be beneficial for other family members, friends and helping professionals who would like to better understand how children are affected by a parent's gambling.

Download Problem Gambling: A Guide for Parents (PDF)

Self-Help for Family and Friends
Does someone you care about gamble too much? With these interactive excercises, learn why they gamble and what you can do to help.
Gambling Quiz
Answering these nine questions will help you understand if gambling is having a negative impact on your life.
Self-Help for Those who Gamble
Do you gamble? These interactive tools will help you explore, cut down or stop gambling.
Monitor Your Gambling & Urges
Use this tool to keep track of when you gamble, or feel the urge to gamble. Mobile App also available.
Introductory Video
View a short introductory video to learn more about the Self-Help Gambling Tools.