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I’m worried my friend or family member has a problem with gambling

If you think someone close to you has a problem with gambling, taking the first step to help them requires preparation. They may feel embarrassed or ashamed, or they may actually feel in control of their gambling and think they don't need to change.

People with a gambling addiction often aren't aware they are affecting others. Once they understand how much their gambling is hurting those close to them, many take their first steps toward getting help.

Deciding whether to say something isn't easy, and it can be complicated by the nature of your relationship. For example, you may be concerned about a friend's gambling, and not know if their partner or family are aware of it. You may wonder whether it's your place to say something.

If you're concerned that someone close to you has a gambling problem, it's best to say something to them, sooner rather than later.

An honest, non-confrontational conversation may be just what they need to get started on the road to recovery. Once you've opened up the conversation, there are many practical ways you can help someone with a gambling addiction. Together you can talk about what might work and put actions in place.

Here is some practical information on how to help your loved one:

1. Preparing yourself

2. Understanding why people gamble

3. Having the conversation