Now that casinos in BC are open, what does it mean to you? For some, it's finally a chance to get out of the house! A cool place to spend time, grab a bite to eat and stay the night in a hotel. A getaway. Perhaps you’ve had some time away from casino life and you’re curious if you want to head back. For others, anxiety may be settling in. The way you have fun may have changed. There may be anxiety about “getting back out there” or uncertainty about staying within your limit. It’s easy when the temptation isn’t there. For some, gambling may not be such a good time. Or you may be worried about a loved one. All these questions are fair, it’s been a long haul. How about a challenge? Take a moment to consider what you want your relationship with gambling to look like.
Whether the re-opening of casinos is welcomed, dreaded, or hasn’t even crossed your mind, there is support available. If you’d like to find out if your relationship with gambling is problematic, a self-assessment tool is available here. The Fold em’ podcast is another great resource of people sharing their experiences with problem gambling, gaming, day trading, and the impact of gambling on relationships. The latest episode talks about the re-opening of casinos with people who know what it is like to lose yourself in the game, and how to get back on track.
Check out our website Kootenay Gambling Support for more great blogs about how to stay aware and in control of gambling. There are free support services available for residents of BC. Let us work with you to find the right resources for you. If you’re ready to talk, call the Gambling Helpline at 1-888-795-6111, or click this link to complete an online form.