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The Problem Gambling Institute of Ontario at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health has announced the launch of a new website that will help those who suffer from gambling addiction.
ProblemGambling.ca is a completely anonymous and free, and offers access at any time of the day through a computer for those who think they may have an issue with problem gambling.
Many of the barriers for problem gamblers include shame, time constraints, lack of transportation, and having difficulty coming to terms with the existence of a gambling problem. A spokesman for the Problem Gambling Institute of Ontario said that the website can assist people with overcoming some of those barriers.
"These self-help gambling tools address these barriers as they are completely self-directed and convenient to use." the spokesman said.
"For individuals with iPhones, there is even a free application available in the app store that allows you to monitor your gambling behaviour and track your urges to gamble, with other mobile platforms coming soon. People who keep track of their gambling behaviour are more successful when trying to quit or reduce gambling."
Features on the website include:
A gambling quiz, which helps gamblers find out if gambling is having a negative impact on their life.
Self-Help tools to help players cut down or stop gambling
Self-Help for family and friends to learn why gamblers gamble and how they can help.
Speaking about the site's features, PGIO Manager Robert Murray said: "If you're trying to resist gambling urges, you might find doing these activities a great way to avoid the temptation to gamble."
"Therapists and other helping professionals can also use these tools to complement their counseling sessions by encouraging their clients to access them from home between visits."