It's official- Australia has the world's worst compulsive gambling problem. Every year, Australians LOSE over $10 billion in gambling. And for thousands of Australians, this hidden epidemic is responsible for family breakdown, financial ruin and suicide. But when does gambling go from a pastime to a problem? What are the telltale signs of a gambling addiction in someone close to you? And how can you begin to help them and yourself? HOW TO STOP GAMBLING is the essential self-help resource, aimed not only at problem gamblers, but also their partners and friends. Australian expert Paul Symond is one of the world's leading authorities on gambling treatment. He consults to casinos, governments, hospitals and clubs and has more than 15 years' experience as a one-on-one counsellor. Step-by-step, Paul shows how to beat this insidious addiction- *** Identifying the telltale signs of a gambling addiction in yourself or someone close to you. *** 'Help! My partner's gambling is out of control!' Early intervention strategies to tackle the problem in someone you love. *** The link between drugs, alcohol and gambling - and how to overcome them. *** Vital information on the new danger for
*** Paul Symond is regarded as the leading authority on gambling treatment in Australia. If his name rings a bell with you it is because in the past 12 months alone he has given over 200 television, radio and newspaper interviews and published numerous articles on problem gambling in national newspapers and magazines. *** He was Star City Casino's problem gambling consultant and was responsible for the development and implementation of their gambling-control program, widely acknowledged in the gaming industry as the global benchmark for casinos. *** He developed the BetSafe Responsible Gambling program, introduced into clubs throughout NSW. *** As the Gambling Counsellor at St Edmund's Private Hospital in Sydney he has extensive experience in counselling problem gamblers one-on-one. *** Is actively involved in community awareness programs on gambling and is a member of the National Association for Gambling Studies. *** A member of the board of directors of the Australian Institute of Counselling in Addictions. *** A member of the Certification Board of the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counsellors. *** A member of the Advisory Panel of the Australian Institute for Gambling Research.