Regaining Control

Taking action

Ready to change your gambling behaviour? Find out more about how to take control.

Setting goals

If you are considering changing your gambling behaviour and not sure where to start, having a goal will help you to plan for success.

In making decisions about your goals it might be useful to think about the following issues:

Can I afford to spend money on gambling?

  • If the answer to this question is 'no' a preferable goal would be to stop completely

Have I tried to cut down or stop before?

  • If you have not tried to cut down before, or managed long periods of gambling without causing harm to yourself or others, cutting down might be a good option.
  • If you have tried to control your gambling before and have not been successful, consider stopping completely.

Does the gambling have a significant impact on the rest of my life (i.e. work, relationships, emotional wellbeing)

  • If the impact of gambling is having a significant impact on your work performance or relationships. You might find it more beneficial to stop than to cut down.

What role does the gambling play in your life?

  • Making change usually means adjusting other areas of life. Maintaining change describes common changes that need to occur.