Loved Ones-The Forgotten Victims
Posted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 12:43 pm
When you hear facts and statistics about compulsive gambling, most people think of the individual who is the gambler. The truth is, is that the loved ones of problem gamblers are just as adversely affected as the gambler. More times than not, the gambler does not realize the strain he or she is putting on the relationship they have with family and friends. Compulsive gambling causes a wide variety of problems and challenges within the family and other significant relationships. The gambler is often too wrapped up in their own struggles to see this and this results in many broken homes, divorces, neglect and even violence. Loved ones need just as much help, if not more, to cope with the situation that are in but did not welcome. They are often left with the financial burden of the gambler, emotional scars that are deep and feelings of shame and guilt because they didn’t see the devastation coming like they thought they should. Loved ones need guidance in learning how to pick up the pieces and start rebuilding the life that was torn down due to a gambling problem. There are resources available such as Gam-Anon, counseling services, workbooks designed for family members, peer assistance and much more. Through these resources, loved ones will learn how to take control of the financial obligations of the family, lend support to the gambler and patch together a new life that can be fulfilling and fruitful. If you or someone you know has a problem, call 1-888-ADMIT-IT for resources.