Sharing and talking
If you’re worried about your gambling, the best thing you can do is talk to someone you know and trust. Your friends and whānau may already be worried that something is troubling you and may even know it's gambling.
Start with telling them how you’re feeling and what you want, or need from them to help.
How will they react?
You might find they’re relieved to know and are very understanding right from the start. Sometimes it can take a bit of time for the people who care about you to understand how gambling’s affected your life. That’s ok too, talk them through it.
If people offer you help and support, take them up on it. You may find ways of dealing with the problem or seeking help together.
How do I raise the topic?
‘I was spending $20-$40 a week on the pokies but recently it’s been more and I’m getting a bit worried about our bills. I think it’s best if I just draw out what I need for the week so I’m not tempted and get you to look after my eftpos card for me.’
‘I think that my gambling might be a problem. It used to be a bit of fun but now I think about it heaps and it's starting to stress me out. I want to talk to someone about it. Can you come with me?’
Other ways to kōrero
If you’re not quite ready to speak to a friend or whānau member, reach out to one of the confidential free support services below. You can do it via text, email or give them a call, whatever works for you, just know they’re here to help, no matter how big or small your concern or if your concern is for someone else: