A gambling addiction extends beyond the gambler. Family members and friends are often severely impacted by the gambler’s behaviors and activities.
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.
Statistics show that an average of 8-10 people are also negatively affected by a compulsive gambler.
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.
To determine whether you have a compulsive gambler in your life, here are a few things to look for:
❒ 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
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