Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling

Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling FCCG



Youth


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

Youth

Many young people don't know it, but betting or gambling can become addictive. In the same way that people become addicted to drugs and alcohol, some individuals can experience difficulty trying to stop gambling. Teens and young adults with gambling problems often have much higher rates of alcohol, drug, and tobacco use, struggle with depression, are more likely to commit crimes and to participate in other illegal and at-risk activities.


" Teens and young adults with gambling problems often have much higher rates of alcohol, drug, and tobacco use."

To approach a friend or someone you care about regarding their gambling behavior, the following tips can help guide your conversation. Remember that friends depend on friends to tell the truth, so be sure to do your part.

 

  • Become educated about the subject

 

  • Make a plan to talk to your friend when you have time and are feeling calm

 

  • Be sure you have identified a safe place to have a serious and private talk

 

  • Don’t avoid the topic – be direct

 

  • Express concerns honestly by providing observations

 

  • Avoid passing judgment and verbal attacks

 

  • Offer support but be clear about the type of support you're willing to provide

 

  • Encourage activities you can do together that are not gambling related

 

  • Advise there is help and hope and one doesn't need to handle the problem alone

 


" Many young people don't know it, but betting or gambling can become addictive."

 

To see if a loved one would benefit from our resources, please take our Youth Assessment Quiz

 

To review and order posters, brochures, toolkits, videos, and other materials available for youth, adolescents, and young adults visit our Resources section.

 

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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.