Problem Gambling – What about me? Posted On

In the United States, millions of adults and youth are experiencing negative consequences due to their gambling. It is estimated that every one of these problem gamblers, affects between 5 and 10 other people.

Parents of problem gamblers feel like they’ve failed their children.
Spouses of problem gamblers carry the weight of the household.
Children of problem gamblers feel the tension between their parents.
Friends of problem gamblers lose the bonds they’ve had for a lifetime.

Between 30 and 80 MILLION of us are affected by someone else’s gambling problem.

If you are affected by someone else’s gambling problem your number one priority needs to be taking care of yourself. Dealing with someone else’s addiction can take a toll on us in a number of ways. You may be feeling stressed, depressed, exhausted and alone. It’s important that you find healthy ways to deal with your stress – running, writing, reading, yoga, etc.

Your next step is to learn as much as you can about problem gambling. The more you learn about problem gambling, the better you will understand that gambling addiction is a disease. Many family members feel guilt over their loved one’s gambling addiction, but remember, it’s not your fault.

Lastly, it is crucial that you know that you are not alone. Remember, MILLIONS of us are affected by someone else’s gambling problem. Reach out to others through a group like Gam-Anon to connect with others who are going through the same things you are. You are not alone.

If you feel like you need more support for dealing with your loved one’s gambling addiction, you can call the NYS HOPEline at 1-877-8HOPENY any day, any time.