Knowing whether or not you need help for gambling is not always easy to tell. If you have family members or friends who tell you that they think you have a problem, it is worth having someone evaluation this. This can help you determine what level of treatment you need, if any.
If you are a family member of someone who is a problem gambler, it is wise to seek support to learn how to deal with past deceit and to set boundaries in your relationship.
Below you find resources for gamblers, family and friends, and some screening tools to determine if you have a problem.
Problem Gambling Resources:
- Texas Gamblers Anonymous
- Arnie and Sheila Wexler Associates-Problem gambling resource
- National Council on Problem Gambling
- Help Guide for Problem Gambling
These screening instruments are intended for those who are willing to answer the questions openly, without manipulating the answers. They are not effective if a person is trying to appear as if they do not have a problem.
Resources for Family and Friends
- Gam-anon 20 Questions-20 questions to help family members know if they live with a problem gambler.
- Profile of a Spouse of a Compulsive Gambler-Information from Local Counselor Charles Vorkoper
- Gam-anon Meetings
- What to say if someone’s gambling concerns you