Family and Friends of Problem Gamblers
The Rippling Effects of Problem Gambling
Problem Gambling is unique among other addictions in its ability to have significantly greater impacts beyond just the person struggling with this disorder. On average, for each individual suffering from a gambling problem, there are an additional 7 to 20 people in their family/community that are also affected by their addiction.
If a family member or someone close to you has a problem, the financial impact of their addiction can be potentially devastating. The added anxiety and concern you feel about their gambling can also become all consuming.
Whether or not your loved one chooses to seek help, it's also critical for the people that are closest to them to get help for themselves in dealing with these pressures. Here are some resources so you don't have to do it all alone.
Know the Signs
of a Gambling Problem
Problem Gambling is known as the "hidden addiction" due to lack of outward, physical indicators that are common among other addictions. Here are some of the warning signs that may suggest a potential gambling problem:
Unexplained financial problems
Reduced involvement in social/group activities outside the home
Emotional distress, anger, depression
Lack of communication among family members
Items of value lost or missing
Family members working overtime or taking a second job to make ends meet
If you are concerned that a loved one may have a problem with their gambling, help is available for both gamblers and their families at no cost!
Contact the Colorado Problem Gambling Center
or Call the 24/7 Problem Gambling Helpline
A Guide To Having the Conversation: Families and Gambling
Guide from the National Council on Problem Gambling that discusses how to approach the conversation with problem gamblers who are family members.
Educational Resources, Meetings, and Prevention Materials.
Helping Partners in a Relationship with a Problem Gambler
Guide from the Problem Gambling Network of Ohio that discusses how to approach the conversation with problem gamblers who are partners or significant others.
Stand Up Colorado
To get help to change your behaviors, call the 10 to 10 Helpline at 877-898-3411 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. MT. Friends, family, and professionals who want to help someone stop harming their partner are also encouraged to call.