Gambling is an activity closely linked to horse racing and we are here to offer non-judgemental and helpful support if you feel your gambling habits are becoming a problem.
The high of landing a winning bet can sometimes be the onset of a gambling addiction which can harm your mental and physical health and cause serious debt issues. Compulsive gambling is recognised as an emotional illness which can have devastating effects on you and your family.
We understand that compulsive gambling can be difficult to control in the horse racing environment. Racing Welfare offers a fully confidential and caring support line to anyone affected by gambling. Do not hesitate to contact us if you need help.
Causes of gambling addiction
Addiction to gambling can be caused by the following:
- Desperation for money
- Thrills and highs
- Social status
- The brain
Compulsive gambling is influenced by biological, genetic and environmental factors. The need to make money and your reputation as a successful gambler can sometimes lead to higher social status and respect from others. In addition, the adrenaline rush from placing a winning bet is one that causes the brain to release a chemical called dopamine, this can lead to you craving the pleasurable effect again and again. Gambling can become irresistible to those affected but there is no need to feel ashamed. We will provide you with fully confidential support.
Recognising Gambling Addiction
- You bet more than you can afford to lose
- You increase your stake to try and win larger sums of money
- You chase your losses – try to win back money after a losing bet
- You have borrowed money to gamble
- You suffer from stress and anxiety linked to gambling
- Those close to you have made comments about your problem gambling
- Gambling has led to financial problems for you and your household
- Feelings of guilt when you place a bet
- Lying about how much you have placed on a bet
How to get help
Our friendly and non-judgemental advisors are available for you to talk to 24-hours a day. No matter what area of the horse racing industry you work in, support is here:
- call us on 0800 6300 443
All your information will be kept fully confidential.
You may also find the following information helpful:
We will support you in receiving additional treatment and recovery options in our wider communities. This includes self-help groups and professional support. These specialist treatment services and groups form a national structure of recovery support in the UK:
Breakeven – free counselling for gambling addiction
Gamcare – free support and treatment
Gamblers Anonymous UK – find your local support group
National Problem Gambling Clinic – therapy for gamblers
Gordon Moody Association – residential treatment programme
The Middleham Smart Recovery Group, delivered by Humankind in association with North Yorkshire Horizons and Racing Welfare, aims to support those wishing to overcome their addictive behaviours. The group gives an opportunity for anyone living with addictive behaviours to speak with professionals in a safe environment. You can contact Welfare Officer, Gail at GBurtonpye@racingwelfare.co.uk for more information.