Magazine article CrossCurrents - The Journal of Addiction and Mental Health

There's an App for That! for Someone Fighting the Itch to Place a Bet, It's like Having Access to Help on Speed Dial

Magazine article CrossCurrents - The Journal of Addiction and Mental Health

There's an App for That! for Someone Fighting the Itch to Place a Bet, It's like Having Access to Help on Speed Dial

Article excerpt

In response to the explosion of online and mobile gambling sites, e-health developers are providing more options in the same medium for individuals looking for gambling help. Today, there is a handful of problem gambling help applications (apps) available for download, which can be divided into three general categories: self-directed, general treatment information, and prevention. People can use these apps to get a better understanding of their own or someone else's gambling. Someone with a gambling problem can even use these tools as a distraction if they have been triggered to and would like to resist the urge. At the time of this the following mobile apps were free to download.

General information apps

General information apps provide gambling prevention-, education- and treatment-related information in a convenient mobile app format. The information contained within these apps is similar to what you would find on a website.

Gambling Help

This informational app provides a basic overview for individuals and family members on what problem gambling is and where to get help. Developers have compiled information and links to treatment organizations around the world. There is a 10-question screening tool "Test yourself" provided by the Danish Center for Ludomani. Users can also access the U.K.-based Gambling Therapy.org peer support forum through this app. The development of Gambling Help is sponsored by companies marketing software that blocks access to gambling sites on home computers and other Europe-based prevention websites.

Prevention apps

Problem gambling prevention apps are interactive tools designed to help individuals better understand gambling odds, games and payouts. Their goal is to educate users so that they may make more informed choices about spending limits and chasing gambling losses.

BetCheck: Gambling Safety Check

The BetCheck is comprised of two questionnaires. The first part of this app takes you through a normative feedback survey that compares your gambling to the gambling behaviour of the general population in Ontario. The survey results inform users whether they gamble more or less than the average. These results may be surprising to avid gamblers, who often believe the frequency and amount they spend gambling is commensurate to the general population (who don't gamble at all). Part two of BetCheck uses the nine-question Problem Gambling Severity Index, which is an assessment tool for problem gambling behaviour and related adverse consequences. BetCheck was developed by Ontario's Responsible Gambling Council. …

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