Gambling Therapy App

Posted By admin On 19/03/22

There are a number of apps that aim to support people with addiction problems including gambling harm. However, few apps for gambling harm have had professional input during development or have undergone formal evaluation. There are also a number of apps that may do more harm than good.

Therapy For Gambling Addiction

Gambling Addiction Therapy App. Download For Free! Match with your therapist by a personalized questionnaire. Leave a message to your therapist at all hours. Choose you preferred method of. The Gambling Therapy mobile app provides multi-lingual support to users affected by problem gambling, offering practical advice, audio exercises and live chat. Visit the site The development process was. Background: The low utilisation of current treatment services by people with gambling problems highlights the need to explore new modalities of delivering treatment interventions. This protocol presents the design of a pragmatic randomized control trial aimed at assessing the effectiveness and acceptability of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) delivered via a mobile app. Gambling Therapy has created a free app to give you access to a collection of tools and information to help you identify and overcome problem gambling. Download the GT app if you feel that any of these. The Gambling Therapy app has been designed to help those that are struggling with problem gambling by providing easy to access information and straightforward tools. Key features of the Gambling.

Apps for problem gambling have the potential to provide users with helpful features such as skills to handle urges to gamble, enhance motivation, promote social support and tools to monitor progress. On this page you fill find information on:


Apps and tools that may be helpful

The following are examples of apps and tools that have the potential to help people with experiencing gambling harm. Note: It's important that these apps and tools are used together with other therapies such as seeking professional help.

App nameDescription

Gambling Therapy app
  • This app has many useful self-help features such as a self-assessment questionnaire, mindfulness and self-help exercises and daily motivational quotes.
  • To work through these features, the app requires user motivation, which may be difficult for a person experiencing gambling harm to work through without the support of a professional counsellor or therapist.
  • The service providers and crisis support information is not applicable to New Zealand users.
  • Read more about gambling therapy app.
Cost2Play calculatorThis app and online tool can help people understand the long-term costs involved in popular casino games such as slots, blackjack and roulette. It calculates all losses to highlight that even small individual losses can add up. This app can aid with motivation, but it is not a solution.

Online gambling blockers

Online gambling blockers are software tools to help you limit your online gambling by blocking access to gambling websites. In the following videos the Salvation Army Oasis services have reviewed a few online gambling blockers, including information of how to access the software and a summary of the pros and cons of each. Read more about online gambling blockers.

BetBlockerLotto NZBetFilterGambanGamBlock

Watch the video here: BetBlocker

Watch the video here: Lotto NZ

Watch the video here: BetFilter

Watch the video here: Gamban

Watch the video here: GamBlock

Gambling harm apps that are not recommended


The following are examples of gambling harm apps that are not recommended. These summaries give insight into the sorts of things that make some gambling harm apps unfavourable.


The aim of this app is to provide fast filtering of online gaming websites on Android devices by becoming the default browser on the device. It aims to prevent users from accessing online gaming websites by blocking these sites (similar to antiviral software).

Comment (Dr Carlos Lam Yang, GP, East Health Trust)
I would not recommend this app to anyone as it appears to be focused on making money for the developer for what is essentially a browser with some extra codes to block gambling-related websites. Also, if you are seriously addicted, you would not install this app in the first place. Even if you did, you could easily uninstall it again. Also, it does not prevent you from accessing gambling websites on another device or computer. I would advise people not to waste their money on this app.
Safety concerns

  • Unsure if BetQuit browser also transfers all your settings, passwords and credit card data from your existing browser into its memory bank and provides secure-enough high-level encryption to ensure that it does not get tampered with or hacked.
  • Unsure where this app was developed – no mention of developers’ names or country of origin.
  • Cost: $8.99/month on Android, $5/month on iOS. Does not allow free trial with reduced features or time-limited free trial. Multiple spelling mistakes on website. Need to register using Facebook, email or creating an account – does not allow option of being anonymous if you just want to try it out.
Addiction Avert

This app aims to be a self-help tool for clients with gambling addiction.

Comment (Alice Wang, Project Coordinator, Asian Family Services)
People with addiction are a very particular population who need lots of motivation to control their behaviour and strengthen their confidence to change. This app doesn’t look like it has enough of this kind of function. The function is not very practical as it is no different from a notebook. I can only see the function of this app as being like a memo. The layout of the app is not presentable.

The importance of robust evidence: SPGeTTI app

The New Zealand Ministry of Health invested in research into a smart phone app, called SPGeTTI, to support people with a gambling problem, in particular for those using electronic gambling machines (pokies). The app intended to use geo-positioning technology to deliver a behavioural support programme to deliver timely messages at moments of high risk, eg, when the person was close to a gambling venue in Auckland.1
However, during the course of the study, problems arose with poor uptake of the app, technology limitations with regard to geo-positioning and issues such as shame and privacy with regard to others seeing the app on their phone. Despite this, participants indicated ongoing interest in smart phones apps as a tool for supporting people experiencing harm from gambling.
The results of the research have been used to inform the Ministry's thinking about the policy and use of such technology to promote gambling harm minimisation, and to inform decision making about similar research investments in the future.
This case study shows how important it is that apps for gambling harm get professional input during development or undergo formal evaluation. Read more

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  1. Humphrey G, Newcombe D, Whittaker R, Parag V, Bullen C. SPGeTTI – a smartphone-based problem gambling evaluation and technology testing initiative final report National Institute for Health Innovation, The University of Auckland, 2019.

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The challenge

We were tasked with designing and building a mobile app which offers advice and support to those affected by problem gambling. Gambling Therapy thought it likely that users would have concerns around anonymity so wanted to offer them a good level of interaction and engagement without requiring them to register and login to use the app. The app needed to be available on both Android and iOS and the initial version of the app would be used to secure further funding for the charity.

How we solved the problem

We spent time getting to know the client's existing systems and the staff who offer support. For the first development phase, we focused on a 'Minimum Viable Product' which would be available to users but would also be used by Gambling Therapy to secure further funding for enhancements to the app.

Gambling Therapy Approach

Technically, it made sense to develop the app using React Native. We also built a backend to give Gambling Therapy some control over content and allow them to view results from their short quiz, designed to determine whether a user might be a problem gambler.

Gambling Therapy App Download

The outcome

The first version of the app was released in October 2016 and a new version, offering multilingual support, will be released soon.