There is real help available.
What is problem gambling?
Gambling becomes an addiction when a person can’t stop, even when it is causing problems.
Without help, gambling addiction can lead to work and financial problems, ruined relationships and families, violence at home, depression, other mental health problems and suicide.
What are the signs of problem gambling?
- Getting upset, lying and arguing to protect the habit when people bring up gambling behavior
- Missing for long periods of time without an explanation
- Going without basic needs (like bathing and food) in order to gamble
- Borrowing money to gamble
What’s the best way to speak with a problem gambler about their behavior?
Keep calm as you explain your concerns and how their behavior is affecting other people. Be clear about what you expect (“I want you to talk to someone about your gambling”) and what he/she can expect from you moving forward (“I won’t cover you anymore”).
Listen to him/her carefully while being understanding.
Give him/her some information about problem gambling and encourage him/her to get help.
Keep in mind that you cannot make anyone change or get help. People have to want to change and get the help they need when they are ready.
What kind of help is out there?
Call (800) – 522 – 4700 for 24/7 caring help dealing with problem gambling.
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Talk to your doctor or health care provider for more information.
If you don’t have a doctor, find a health center near you.
Call (800) – 273 – 8255 for 24/7 caring help with feelings of hopelessness and giving up.
Call or send a text to (800) – 522 – 4700 for 24/7 caring help with problem gambling.
Call (800) – 799 – 7233 for 24/7 caring help and support dealing with violence at home.
– Problem Gambling Awareness Month. National Council on Problem Gambling web site. http://goo.gl/vrucYe. Accessed March 29, 2016.