Get help for a gambling addiction today with Extern

According to the latest report into gambling in Ireland, there are estimated to be between 28,000 and 40,000 people who suffer from a gambling disorder.

Do I have a gambling problem?

Do you…

  • Think about gambling a great deal of your time?
  • Gamble while bills go unpaid?
  • Lie about your gambling to others?
  • Do you ever borrow to finance your gambling?
  • Does gambling cause you to have difficulty in sleeping?
  • After a win did you have a strong urge to return and win more

If you answered yes to any of these, you could have a gambling addiction problem.

How can Extern help me?

It can be hard to know if your gambling is getting out of control. A common reaction is to minimise, hide or deny gambling problems and the harm it could be causing. Some people will lie to themselves and others about how much money or time is being spent on gambling.

If you suspect you may be developing a gambling addiction, or if you recognise risk in someone you love, then contact Extern's problem gambling service immmediately.

  1. Identifying or admitting you may have a problem or be at risk of developing one is the first important step
  2. Call the Extern Problem Gambling Helpline (089 241 5401 to arrange a call-back). They can talk to you confidentially and provide information and self-help tools.
  3. Ask a friend to join with you at your session. Having a close friend to support you can help.

Getting help for gambling addiction

The good news is that there are a wide range of treatment options and resources available to help you manage a gambling addiction. Professional help is recommended, but a variety of self-help and supported options are also available, including the following:


Visit Gamblers Anonymous, SMART recovery meetings for further information, tools and support.

Over the phone

  1. Ring the Extern Help Line on 089 241 540 to arrange a call-back.
  2. Speak to a telephone counsellor at Lifeline, for 24/7 support with any personal difficulties or distress.

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