Do You Know a Problem Gambler?

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Problem can have devastating consequences to not only you and the gambler, but their family, children, workplace, and community. And because gambler’s often try to hide their addiction, their friends and loved ones often left in the dark to wonder: what is happening?

If you think you may be living with a compulsive gambler, but aren’t sure, please take the following test (written by Gam-Anon).

“Are you living with a compulsive gambler?”

  • 1. Do you find yourself constantly bothered by bill collectors?
    YesNo
  • 2. Is the person in question often away from home for long, unexplained periods of time?
    YesNo
  • 3. Does this person ever lose time from work due to gambling?
    YesNo
  • 4. Do you feel that this person cannot be trusted with money?
    Yes No
  • 5. Does the person in question faithfully promise that he or she will stop gambling; beg, plead for another chance, yet gamble again and again?
    Yes No
  • 6. Does this person ever gamble longer than he or she intended to, until the last dollar is gone?
    Yes No
  • 7. Does this person immediately return to gambling to try to recover losses, or to win more?
    Yes No
  • 8. Does this person ever gamble to get money to solve financial difficulties or have unrealistic expectations that gambling will bring the family material comfort and wealth?
    Yes No
  • 9. Does this person borrow money to gamble with or to pay gambling debts?
    Yes No
  • 10. Has this person’s reputation ever suffered due to gambling, even to the extent of committing www.mindanews.com/buy-lasix/ illegal acts to finance gambling?
    Yes No
  • 11. Have you come to the point of hiding money needed for living expenses, knowing that you and the rest of the family may go without food and clothing if you do not?
    Yes No
  • 12. Do you search this person’s clothing or go through his or her wallet when the opportunity presents itself, or otherwise check on his/her activities?
    Yes No
  • 13. Does the person in question hide his or her money?
    Yes No
  • 14. Have you noticed a personality change in the gambler as his or her gambling progresses?
    Yes No
  • 15. Does the person in question consistently lie to cover up or deny his or her gambling activities?
    Yes No
  • 16. Does this person use guilt induction as a method of shifting responsibilities for his or her gambling upon you?
    Yes No
  • 17. Do you attempt to anticipate this person’s moods, or try to control his or her life?
    Yes No
  • 18. Does this person ever suffer from remorse or depression due to gambling, sometimes to the point of self-destruction?
    Yes No
  • 19. Has the gambling ever brought you to the point of threatening to break up the family unit?
    Yes No
  • 20. Do you feel that your life together is a nightmare?
    Yes No

If you are living with a problem gambler, you are not alone. There is help available specifically for the loved ones of problem gamblers, including counseling/therapy and support groups such as Gam-Anon.

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