Support organisations in Ireland
Admitting you need help takes great strength. There are a number of support organisations who can offer help online, by phone or through face-to-face or residential counselling sessions. Here are some of the services available in Ireland;
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Helplink Mental Health operates a free, national gambling problem / issue / addiction counselling service that is available 7 days a week and out-of-hours: online (like Skype but more secure) or by phone. This service is provided by fully accredited addiction counsellors for young people (aged 16 to 18 years) and adults alike. Please go to Helplink’s website by clicking here, for more information on this and their other counselling services; or call 0818 998880 / email [email protected].
Gambling Therapy is a free online service that provides practical advice and emotional support to people affected by problem gambling. Gambling Therapy has a number of support services available such as:
- Support Helpline
Gambling Therapy runs a support helpline for people who are worried about their own gambling or someone else’s. A team of expert advisers are available 9am – 5pm to offer support, advice and guidance. For Gambling Therapy’s Support Helpline number or to get more information, visit https://www.gamblingtherapy.org/en/our-problem-gambling-support-helpline.
- Online Support Groups
Gambling Therapy has a number of support groups on a range of subjects for problem gamblers and their families and friends. The support groups are facilitated by trained and experienced support workers. To join one of the online support groups or for further information, visit https://www.gamblingtherapy.org/en/online-support-groups-problem-gamblers-their-friends-and-family
- Support Forums
Gambling Therapy has a wide range of support forums that are available 24/7. As the support forums are accessible internationally, it is very likely that there will be someone to answer your post in real time. To access the support forums, visit https://www.gamblingtherapy.org/en/forum
- Email Support
Gambling Therapy also has an email support service for problem gamblers. Access the online form here: https://www.gamblingtherapy.org/en/email-support-gambling-therapy and a response will be returned within two working days.
There are a number of websites available that provide software to block you from accessing gambling websites. These websites also help you control what is viewed through your browser. Below are some of the websites that provide this service in Ireland.
- GamblockGamblock helps problem gamblers by restricting their access to gambling websites. Gamblock’s software uses sophisticated analysis that blocks existing and new gambling websites. www.gamblock.com
- BetfilterBetfilter is an anti-gambling software which blocks access to gambling websites. Once the software is downloaded and you select a gambling website, it does not allow the website to open and displays “Page Not Found” message. www.betfilter.com
- Net Nanny is a software that protects families and helps them manage their experiences with digital content. Net Nanny helps control what is viewed through your browser via its parental control software giving you the option to block certain websites. www.netnanny.com
Dunlewey was founded in 1987 and has been providing specialist services to those experiencing addiction issues ever since. Dunlewey has branch offices in Belfast, Lisburn, Armagh and Portadown, and access to counsellors in the Republic of Ireland.
Dunlewey offers a free and confidential counselling and mentoring programme for those experiencing difficulties with their own, or other people’s substance misuse or gambling issues. A phone service is available on Tel: 02890 392547, NI 08000 886 725, or ROI 1800 936 725
For further information, visit https://dunlewey.net/
Aiséirí provides community and residential services to help young people, adults and families overcome addiction and lead meaningful lives in recovery.
They also provide education and information services with outreach to individuals, communities, schools and businesses who may need to know more about the complexities of addiction.
The Rutland Centre is a registered charity that provides various treatments for gambling related addictions in Ireland. The Rutland Centre provides a number of different services ranging from personal counselling sessions to full residential care. With over 37 years of experience in addiction and high abstinence rates, the Rutland Centre helps people transform their lives by providing addiction treatment, psychological and continuing care services.
The Rutland Centre has a 5-week Residential Treatment Programme which is drug free meaning that no mood-altering medication is used. For more information visit https://www.rutlandcentre.ie/ or call +353 (0) 1 494 6358
In addition to phone support, Dunlewey also runs a weekend residential programme for families or others concerned with a loved one who is developing or has developed a gambling problem. This services is based in Cahir, Co Tipperary and runs from Friday to Sunday. The course includes 1:1 counselling sessions, group therapy sessions, workshops and presentations on how to deal with gambling addiction. For further information, visit www.dunlewey.net
In addition to residential and phone support, Dunlewey also provides face-to-face counselling to help people with gambling problems. Dunlewey offers counselling at their offices in Belfast, Lisburn and Ballymena, or with one of their Counsellors who are available in almost every county in Ireland.
Dunlewey also runs an outpatient day programme for people who are worried about their own gambling. The outpatient day programme runs over an 8-week period. The programme, which is based in Ballybeg, Co. Waterford, is broken up into a half day session and then one evening per week for the rest of the 8-week period. The course includes 1:1 counselling sessions with experienced and fully accredited addiction counsellors, as well as group therapy sessions. For more information, visit https://dunlewey.net.
The Rutland Centre offers a 10-week outpatient programme for anyone who needs to break the cycle of addiction but is either unable to commit to the residential programme, or who is not suitable for it at this time. People who sign up to the outpatient programme attend 3 sessions per week at the Rutland Centre in South Dublin. The sessions are broken up into two group therapy sessions, facilitated by the centre’s specialist addiction counselling team and the third is a 1:1 counselling session.
For more information, visit https://www.rutlandcentre.ie/types-of-care/outpatients-program.
Gamblers Anonymous (G.A.) is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop gambling.
For more information or to find a meeting near you, visit https://www.gamblersanonymous.ie/.