How to Help a Loved One Addicted to Gambling

If you’re coping with a loved one who is addicted to gambling, it can be difficult to know how to help. It may feel like they’re taking advantage of you, but it is important to remember that they did not choose to gamble and become addicted. It also helps to understand why they are continuing to gamble and how the addiction works.

The most common reason people gamble is for social or behavioural reasons. They may gamble to win money, because it makes them feel more self-confident, or because it helps them relax. They might even gamble for ‘feel-good’ reasons, such as thinking about what they would do with a big jackpot.

People can also gamble for coping reasons, such as feeling lonely or bored, or after a difficult day at work or a fight with their spouse. It can also be a way to relieve unpleasant feelings, but it’s best to seek out healthier and more effective ways to manage these emotions.

Some people are addicted to gambling because of underlying mood disorders, such as depression, anxiety or stress. These can be made worse by compulsive gambling and cause significant damage to relationships, jobs and finances. Getting help for these conditions is vital and will be a key step in overcoming gambling addiction.

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