GAMBLING ADDICTION

FAMILY SECTION

HELPING A COMPULSIVE GAMBLER

Having a loved-one in the grips of compulsive gambling can make you mad, frustrated and scared for their well-being. I know this well as I have been on both sides of the situation as both a loved one and the addict.

Here, we’ll cover a few of the key points to know before confronting a loved one about their gambling habits.

ISOLATION

Gambling addiction thrives on isolation. Your loved one has and will go to great lengths to keep their issues private. They feel ashamed and embarrassed of their decisions and feel it is an issue they must fix on their own.
Frequently Asked Questions

My loved one says they have stopped gambling, but I am struggling to believe them. How can I know for sure?

Unfortunately, there is no way to be 100% certain they have stopped. We compulsive gamblers will go to great lengths to cover our tracks in hiding our addiction.

While there is no way to know with complete certainty, having access to bank accounts, credit cards and all other financial information will help.

I’m concerned a loved one has a gambling problem. How do I confront them?

While we’re all different, I think we all have a need as humans to be understood, even when our actions don’t make any sense.

With this in mind, I think it’s important to approach your loved one with empathy and compassion. Telling them you understand they have no control over their choices is a great first step towards beating this disease as a team. Let them know that you believe they can overcome this and that you will help them seek out the help they need.

My loved one refuses to go to Gamblers Anonymous. What should I do?

One step would be to have them read the What’s Gamblers Anonymous Really Like? post.

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