Do you have a close friend or relative with a gambling problem? Do you want to help them but you don’t know how? Is their gambling problem drastically affecting their life and possibly yours? As a former gambling addict I can tell you what is effective and what is not. 918kiss
One of the most important things to NEVER tell a gambling addict is to JUST QUIT. You will most definitely alienate this person. They will feel that you do not understand them and/or unwilling to try. You will instantly create a “wall”. By making such a statement you will not likely be able to help this person further until you regain their trust.
The next thing to remember is do not enable this person who has a gambling problem. You will not be helping them at all. A gambling addict will come up with all kinds of creative reasons why they need your help financially. DO NOT believe them. In order for a gambling addict to stop gambling he/she must learn the consequences of his/her actions.
You can offer to help with the gambling addicts finances by safeguarding their ATM and credit cards. It can be disastrous for the problem gambler to keep these on hand. However much the gamblers resolve is to not gamble they are often spontaneous and will use their bank cards on a whim. DON’T insist they give you their cards. They must be willing to allow you to do so.
The next thing I recommend is to encourage the person with a gambling problem to seek counselling. I highly recommend a therapist who practices hypnotherapy. This type of therapy effectively replaces negative thinking within the gamblers subconscious mind with positive thoughts. These positive thoughts will allow the problem gambler to increase their self-esteem and confidence. Along with this therapy you can also encourage your friend or relative to attend Gamblers Anonymous meetings regularly.
The last, and most drastic, decision you may have to make is to leave this person if you are living with them. If they are draining your finances by not paying their share then it is time for them to go. You can still offer emotional support with your love and understanding, but use the “tough love” approach.