Latvia’s gambling regulator, the Lotteries and Gambling Supervisory Inspection (IAUI) have confirmed that they are to introduce a new initiative whereby problem gamblers in the country could get access to state-funded psychologist support.
The gambling regulator announced that they would be running sessions every weekday from 8:30 to 17:00 at its premises in the Latvian of Riga.
Magdalēna Pranaite, a popular name in the field of psychology in the country, would be delivering the sessions. All sessions will not cost anything to problem gamblers.
The psychologist support service will not be limited to individuals suffering from gambling addiction and compulsive gambling problems alone; family members of problem gamblers will also have access to specialized sessions.
“When gambling becomes addictive, not only the player suffers, but also people close to them and they need the help of their whole family,” the IAUI said.
“However, it’s up to the player to take the first step themselves.A psychologist can help them take this first step, which involves recognising, accepting and finding solutions to a problem.”
The gambling market in the eastern European country has been expanding rapidly. Earlier in May, the figures released by the gambling regulator revealed that the first quarter gaming revenue in Latvia was up 15.3 percent. As such, there has been an increase in the number of people who are suffering from compulsive gambling.
The IAUI has also said that those who are willing to have psychologist support can now contact them and register.