Gambling is insidious because it starts off as a social and recreational activity. However, the compulsive gambler soon slides into destructive behaviour that leads to lying, stealing, and pushing away loved ones.
As with any addiction, recovering from problem gambling isn't easy but it can be done.
Although gambling doesn’t involve abusing a substance, it has a similar effect on the brain that drug and alcohol addiction does. Stopping isn’t just a question of will power.
If someone you know has a gambling problem, encourage them to get help from a professional. Realise though that you can’t make someone want to change. They have to decide they are ready to change.
Talking about the problem is the first step, and first steps are usually the hardest. What should you say? How do you get them to see that their behaviour is causing problems?
To work out the best way to approach the conversation you can:
The sooner you receive treatment for your gambling problem, the easier it is to stop the progression of the illness.
Call our All Addiction 6-RECOVER Helpline at 6-7326837 to talk to someone confidentially who can walk you step by step through your options.