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.
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:
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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.