My loved one has a problem with gambling – What can I do to help?

Problem gambling does not just affect those who gamble, but also those who are closest to the individual. As a partner, a family member, or close friend, you may have found yourself experiencing feelings of guilt, resentment, helplessness, and confusion. You may have even found yourself asking whether you are responsible for your loved one’s … Continue reading My loved one has a problem with gambling – What can I do to help?

Why do I have a problem with gambling while my friends don’t?

Thoughts about gambling are one of the main factors which differentiate somebody with a gambling problem from a non-gambler or a recreational gambler. “Why do I have a problem with gambling while my friends don’t?” is often a question that people with gambling problems bring to treatment. The answer to this question can be found in … Continue reading Why do I have a problem with gambling while my friends don’t?

The impact of gambling on loved ones

People with problematic levels of gambling are not the only ones who suffer the negative consequences of gambling. Those closest to them, such as a partner, a child, family member or close friend, may suffer too. This distress can often go unnoticed. Recent research has indicated that partners of individuals with problematic levels of gambling … Continue reading The impact of gambling on loved ones

Keeping Secrets

Whether gambling is a problem for a person depends on the circumstances and experience of each individual; however, a typical feature of problem gambling is that it is often shrouded in secrecy – that is it lied about or covered up in some way. Problem gambling is often a cause of embarrassment, guilt and shame, and … Continue reading Keeping Secrets

Acceptance and commitment – Part II

In Part I, I talked about acceptance - acceptance of what cannot be changed in life and of our imperfections. Today I want to talk about how to commit to taking action on what we can change, so that we can live a richer and more meaningful life in line with our values. What are … Continue reading Acceptance and commitment – Part II

Helping a family member

It is estimated that there are between 80,000 and 160,000 Australians with a significant gambling problem, equating to 0.5 to 1.0 per cent of Australian adults. This is a large number but the larger number is hidden behind these figures. For every person who has a problem gambling, there are their spouses, children, parents, and/or … Continue reading Helping a family member

Gambling and relationships

People with a gambling problem are probably very aware of the impact it is having on their own lives – not having money, the feeling of loss of control, to name but a few. The area that is sometimes less obvious is the impact on people around the problem gambler. For parents it can be … Continue reading Gambling and relationships

Friends and Families Affected By Gambling

I think my friend has a gambling problem, what can I do? There are lots of families and friends out there who are affected by gambling, and commonly it is not their own gambling but they are worried about someone close to them. For many family members and friends associated with someone who has a … Continue reading Friends and Families Affected By Gambling

My Mates Pressure Me to Gamble

How do you deal with pressure from your mates to gamble? Picture you and your mates from the cricket or footy team celebrating a win at the local pub or club and during the night someone suggests that everyone puts in $10, $20 or even $50 into the pokies. Maybe you don’t want to play, but you … Continue reading My Mates Pressure Me to Gamble