Access – Useful Tools
As I explained in the Gambling Triangle Video, Access is one of the three elements you need to Gamble.
Staying gambling free is possible and more obtainable with support and professional help.
In this module I will be sharing with you ‘what I mean by support’. Because Gambling never gets better on its own, accessing and using the following tools – to stop your ‘ACCESS’ to gamble, will be invaluable support for you and therefore a worthwhile thing for you to do.
How to Block your online gambling Access
Installing blocking software across your devices is a very good way of stopping your access to online gambling activities.
GAMSTOP. a multi-operator self-exclusion facility has been developed for online gambling companies to help their customers. Ultimately all online gambling websites will be included in this scheme as it becomes mandatory in the UK.
There are other options to choose from, free and paid for. Through YouTube and Google you can access some very good guides. You can exclude yourself for 6 months – 5 years. Whatever you chose, check it suits your devices and what sites it excludes you from.
When you self-exclude, you should also be removed from their mailing lists too. However if you still receive unwanted emails promoting products etc. unsubscribe asap, information on how to do this has to be included at the bottom of their emails.
Gamban, is one of the most popular blocking software and blocks / covers most online gambling sites.
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Blocking Software is a tool in your armoury, helping you, in the fight against this addiction
Other things you can do:
- You can contact your Internet Service Provider and see what they offer.
- www.netnanny.com is a free software that blocks adult sites.
- Some Anti-virus software, allows you to block certain areas, like gambling.
- Contact your mobile phone provider to limit or block your access.
How to Self Exclude from Establishments
Recently companies in the United Kingdom, who offer gambling in licensed premises, like arcades, bookmakers, bingo and casinos have been asked to be part of a multi-operator self exclusion scheme.
Self-exclusion is widely accepted as an important harm minimisation tool for customers who have recognised that they have a problem with their gambling and wish to be supported in their decision to stop.
This usually has to be done in person and at each betting establishment. Ask them for details and a form, photo’s are also required.
Rather than the need to exclude from each operator (for example, betting shops) individually in your area, this allows you to make a single request to self-exclude from all premises offering the same type of gambling.
Being limited to your area might not be enough if you travel, or maybe you feel that you might get in your car and drive, however there’s the possibility of calling the service and expanding the areas you want to be excluded from.
Once you have made a self-exclusion agreement, the gambling company must close your account and return any money in your account to you. It must also remove your name and details from any marketing databases it uses.
Try to stick to your self-exclusion decision, however even if you try to gamble during that time, the gambling businesses should take reasonable steps to prevent you from doing so.
“Deciding to stop gambling has been a massive and brave step for you. I am very proud you have made that choice. Maybe you are already starting to feel more positive, can you evaluate how you are feeling? Maybe you would like to write about it in your Journal – after a month or so, revisit this page again, to see how far you have come!”Nuno
Take your Journal and make 3 columns.
Today’s Task: Think of all the names of the online and high Street places you gamble. Create 3 columns, give them headings and as you block each one put a beside it.
- Name of company
- Date you registered your exclusion
- How you registered your exclusion.
When all are completed – Treat yourself.
Well Done – You have just taken away the Access side of the Gambling Triangle!
Having completed the above, and for any other tasks today that require a follow-up, write down the DUE DATE on your calendar.
If this task was for you, then well done!
You’re on the right path to putting a stop to the devastation that gambling has been causing in your life and to those around you.
If you’re rebuilding the trust with those that have been affected by your gambling activities, don’t forget to tell them what you have been doing to stop your gambling. Even better, why not ask them to help and / or witness what you have done and put in place.