How to help someone with a gambling addiction

How to help someone suffering from a gambling addiction

We have provided some tips on how to help someone suffering from a gambling addiction if you are concerned about a friend or family member.

It is best to start helping them as soon as possible. It is important to have an open, honest conversation with them, so that they can begin to recover and the illness doesn’t become so devastating.

What is a gambling addiction?

If you want to support someone suffering from compulsive gambling, it is essential that family and friends understand the concept.

It is important to recognize that the person may have an insatiable urge to gamble. The urge to gamble will be strong enough that it will take precedence over all other aspects of their lives. Gambling will make it impossible for them to focus on their work, education, relationships, finances, and health.

It is important to recognize that they have no control over it. Although they might have made previous promises about stopping gambling, deleting gambling apps, or blocking their access to websites, they are unlikely to be able stop it without professional help.

Get professional help for gambling addiction

If you are trying to help someone suffering from gambling addiction, the best thing that you can do for them is to encourage them to seek professional treatment.

You may be worried about the conversation. Fears of anger, denial, or retreating further into your addiction are all common. These are some tips to help you have a productive conversation.

Talk privately with no distractions if you both are calm. This will encourage them to think clearly, and to listen to what your have to say

Without blaming, express the effect that your gambling has had on you and others. The person might not be able to recognize the effects that their gambling has had on other people. If this is the case, explain how it affects the people closest to you.

They will likely be embarrassed by your problem if you remain calm and compassionate. Instead of blaming or chastising them, which can cause them to become more defensive, say that you are concerned because they have stopped enjoying the activities that they used to enjoy, seem to owe others a lot of money, or seem to be in financial trouble.

Listen to them actively – allow them to speak. If they get angry or deny they have a problem, ask for them to think about it and let you know how you can help.

You should focus on the solutions rather than the problems. Discussing possible support avenues and possible solutions can show you care and be willing to work alongside them. This can help them see the solution to their gambling addiction.

You should be prepared for a variety of emotions. Some people will feel relieved to talk about their gambling addiction. Others may be angry or dismissive. These emotions are a chance to prepare for how you will react.

Give the person time and patience. These conversations can help a person reflect on their gambling habits, recognize that they are not the only ones and offer support. Remind them that you will be there for them to talk to if they’re not ready to discuss it.

A Priory rehab clinic offers a free assessment for gambling addiction

You might mention Priory’s free addiction assessment* to the person you are speaking with about their gambling addiction.

An assessment allows the person to determine if they have a problem or need help. The assessment allows the person to meet the team that will assist them in getting their life back on track.

Our team works as quickly as possible from the initial phone call to ensure that the assessment and treatment process is discrete and smooth. This allows the person to get the support they need as quickly as possible.

Get support for yourself

It is important to think about your own health and well-being while you are trying to help someone suffering from a gambling addiction.

First, take care of the basics. Make sure you have a regular sleep schedule, eat healthy and take time for yourself. It can be very draining to live with someone struggling with addiction. Make sure you are able to give yourself time and energy so that you don’t become addicted.

Keep your social circle strong. Keep in touch with your family and friends. Make sure you have a few trusted people you can turn to when you need to discuss gambling addiction. It can be extremely isolative and detrimental to your health and well-being.

Gam-anon is a group that helps compulsive gamblers’ wives, husbands and partners. The meetings will help you recognize that you are not the only one. They also provide a space for you to share your thoughts, receive advice, and hear from others. How to Help a Loved One With a Gambling Problem Stop Gambling and Control the Addiction