It is important to practice responsible gambling. Many are not able to control their gambling habits and this can cause some serious life issues. Problem gambling is an epidemic because there are so few that are able to seek help on their own.
If you are worried about another person’s gambling problem, your first instinct is to want to help. Unfortunately, oftentimes, problem gamblers do not like to discuss the issue. It is important to prepare yourself with information.
Remember, that the problem gambler first has to accept that they have a problem and that only they have the power to want to stop it. Before engaging in a conversation about the problem, it is important to educate yourself, possibly by speaking with a trained counselor or medical practitioner. There are also a number of resources available online to assist in getting the conversation started and running as smoothly as possible.
If at all possible, try not to do this alone. Seeking a friend or family to help talk to a problem gambler about their gambling can help.
If you or a loved one is having a problem with gambling; there is help available.
Below is a list of resources and contacts to put you in touch with the assistance you will need to battle this addiction.
Journal of Gambling Studies: Adolescent Gambling Behavior Scholarly Article
Gambling and Problem Gambling Across a Lifespan Scholarly Article
Assistance with Problem Gambling in the United Kingdom:
CNWL National Problem Gambling Clinic England or Wales
Assistance with Problem Gambling in Canada
http://www.problemgambling.ca/ 1.888.230.3505 Ontario Problem Gambling Helpline
Assistance with Problem Gambling in Australia
http://www.problemgambling.gov.au/ 1800 858 858