This week the Latvian Lotteries and Gambling Supervisory Inspection (IAUI) announced a new initiative where addicted gamblers can get access to state-funded psychology services.
The services will be held on weekdays from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, and will be held by psychologist Magdalēna Pranaite. The services are open to addicted gamblers as well as families and friends who've been negatively impacted by problem betting. Those interested in attending can do so at the IAUI's location in Riga.
Commenting on the services an IAUI spokesperson said, "When gambling becomes addictive, not only the player suffers, but also people close to them and they need the help of their whole family.
"A psychologist can help them take this first step, which involves recognising, accepting and finding solutions to a problem."