Family and Friends

Helplessness and loss of hope…

Compulsive gambling is not just an addiction which burdens the individual gambler. Family, friends and acquaintances are often greatly affected by the gambling behaviour of their relatives or friends.

In most cases, a pattern of lies, concealment and denial has been characteristic of the gambler in all aspects of his or her daily life.

Many friends and relatives experience a growing sense of helplessness and a loss of hope in a situation which they have accepted and lived with for far too long.

If you are a relative or a friend of a compulsive gambler, we recommend that you contact some of the organizations on our “Treatment Options” page. They will be able to guide and help you.

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