Compulsive gambling is a progressive
illness that can ruin lives. Gambling beyond recreational entertainment hurt
families. Some relationships do not survive a gambling problem.
Gambling is an emotional problem that has
financial consequences. If you pay all of a problem gambler’s debts, the person
will still be a problem gambler. The real problem is that they are obsessed by
gambling. Most obsessions are unhealthy. A life ruined by gambling is not a
great life. There will be many pieces to pick up.
This pyramid of debt eventually crashes
– maxed out credit, people are tired of lending money, but worst of all the
family has no resources. A gambler believes that as long as they have a job
they can manage it, thinking that they will out earn what they lose.
Eventually, they lose it all looking for, “The Big One” that never hits.
A gambler has a profound, adverse effect
on about seven other people. Like alcoholics and drug abusers, there is nothing
one can say or do that will motivate the problem gambler to stop gambling. Only
the gambling addict will make the decision to stop gambling and get help.
Family members deal with the aftermath
of this obsession. The gambler is dishonest about whereabouts, finances and
employment so trust is often the first victim.
The burden of having to deal with creditors and financial resources such
as home equity, retirement accounts, etc. may all be lost or damaged without
their knowledge. The stress, isolation and distrust adversely affects the
gambler and the entire family.
Gambling is an addiction and treatment
is free. Go to the EASE website under “Featured Services” for no-cost
counseling and treatment.
you want to talk to a counselor call 800-882-1341.