Compulsive gambling is recognised as an emotional illness. As wives, husbands, partners, siblings, children or friends of compulsive gamblers we know that living with this illness can prove a devastating experience. Family relationships can become unbearably strained and the home filled with bitterness, frustration and resentment. There seems to be no way to solve our insurmountable difficulties; so much so that we are unable to think rationally at times.
The NSPCC run services for children, young people and their families throughout the UK. Children can contact them directly rather than be referred through another agency. This helpline never closes, day or night, someone is there to speak to you. Calls are free except from a mobile and you are never turned away.
Al-Anon Family Groups UK & Eire is there for anyone whose life is or has been affected by someone else's drinking.Our members provide meetings in all major towns and cities and are committed to being there for you when you need help. Whatever your relationship with the drinker, you will find other people who have similar stories to tell. You will realise that you are not alone.