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Help for Loved Ones


A gambling addiction extends beyond the gambler. Family members and friends are often severely impacted by the gambler's behaviors and activities.

Help for Loved Ones

Problem gambling can not only cause issues with the gamblers themselves, but it is estimated that 8-10 other people are affected by an individual’s gambling problem, whether they be family members, friends, or even employers. The Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling has information on various resources that are specifically geared towards helping loved ones of compulsive gamblers to cope with the negative consequences involved with the addiction. For more information on these resources please visit our Resources section or call our 24 hour confidential, multilingual Helpline.


" Problem gambling can not only cause issues with the gamblers themselves, but it is estimated that 8-10 other people are affected by an individual’s gambling problem"

Statistics show that an average of 8-10 people are also negatively affected by a compulsive gambler. Family members, friends, co-workers and others can experience financial and emotional repercussions due to this addiction.

 

Because of the non-physical symptoms of a gambling addiction, even the ones closest to the gambler often do not recognize that there is a problem until the gambler has crossed into a desperate or hopeless phase. Hence, compulsive gambling is known as the “hidden addiction”. There are signs that loved ones can look for.


" Statistics show that an average of 8-10 people are also negatively affected by a compulsive gambler."

 To determine whether you have a compulsive gambler in your life, here are a few things to look for:

 

  • Isolation

 

  • Unaccounted blocks of time

 

  • Mood swings

 

  • Neglecting personal needs or responsibilities

 

  • Claiming a sudden need for money or loans

 

  • Secretive or lying about money and/or gambling

 

  • Spending more time gambling than any other activity

 

  • Boasting about winning, often minimizing or denying losses and exaggerating wins

 

  • Missing work or school due to gambling

 

  • Arguing with spouse, partner, other family members, or friends due to gambling

 

  • Experiencing behavioral or personality changes when watching or listening to sports

 

  • Having difficulty sleeping or eating

 



Thankfully, help is available and gambling addiction can be treated if recognized. If you need assistance, contact our 24 hour, confidential Helpline 888-ADMIT-IT (888-236-4848) for resources and support.