Get expert support and tools to help you quit gambling for ever

GAMBLING is a popular pastime, however sometimes it can get out of hand and become a cause for distress and financial hardship.

When you gamble, your brain releases dopamine, the feel-good neurotransmitter that makes you feel excited.
You’d expect to only feel this way when you win, but your body produces this neurological response even when you lose.
Is there a cure for gambling? No. But as with any other addiction, steps can be taken to break the hold gambling has over your life or over the lives of your loved ones.
Through the Gambling Support and Awareness Group at Canterbury Earlwood Caring Association Ltd (CECAL), you will understand your gambling and learn techniques to reduce your desire to gamble.
Topics covered include taking back control of your finances; anger, guilt, or shame; physical and emotional reactions; recovery; and lessons learned.
CECAL CEO Gareth Wyatt says the group is an opportunity to share your situation and feelings anonymously and with no judgement.
“Gamblers need to take the brave step and come along to one of our meetings, what have you got to lose,” he said.
“Family members are also welcome.”
The support group meets on Tuesday nights at CECAL, 15 Clarke Street, Earlwood, with the next on June 21, 7-8pm.
Details: or 9559 4013.