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Family Neglect and Violence

Posted: Tue Oct 22, 2013 1:45 pm
by Administrator
Research shows that for every compulsive gambler, 8-10 people are also affected in a negative way. This includes family, friends, co-workers, and others. Often times within the family, conflict, neglect and even violence can arise when a gambling problem is present. Family conflict can mean arguing over unpaid bills, depletion of savings by the gambler, disagreements between significant others over the gambling problem itself or a myriad of other things. Family neglect could mean that the household is going without necessities such as food or electricity or the gambler may be spending too much time away from the home or simply not involved in family activities. Family violence could mean verbal, emotional or physical abuse. When under an extreme amount of stress due to this addiction, the gambler can reach a breaking point and can take out their anger on family members. It is not uncommon for HelpLine Specialists to hear about these serious domestic problems. Data from the HelpLine collected for fiscal year 2012/2013 showed that 70% cited family conflict, 64% stated there was family neglect and 2% affirmed family violence due to a gambling problem. It is important for families to realize that help is available regardless of the gamblers participation in recovery.

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