A new NHS gambling addiction service for the north of England has opened in Leeds to offer treatment and support to the thousands of adults locally who are affected.
In the UK around 340,000 people are estimated to have a gambling problem, with two million people at risk of developing one, while fewer than 3% are thought to be getting the help they need.
The centre, which is jointly funded by NHS England and GambleAware, aims to help those with severe addictions and provide care for people with mental health conditions, impaired social functioning and anyone who may present more risk of suicide.
Addiction treatment programmes will also support those affected by gambling and their families.
Ann Evans lost her son Alan in 2010 after he took his own life due to a gambling addiction that spanned decades. Ann has campaigned for more to be done to help people and says if the support had been around 10 years ago her son may still be alive.
Those in charge of treatment at the centre say getting the right sort of help is crucial for people who want to turn their lives around.
Gambling authorities have also shown their support for the clinic.