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Gambling: Is Someone Important to You at Risk?

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In this second newsletter devoted to the problem of gambling we take a look at some of the warning signs that may indicate a gambling problem for an individual important to you. They could be a family member, friend, or co-worker or colleague.

In the previous newsletter it was pointed out that people with addiction problems notoriously lie to themselves and to others. They are also adept at making those who care for them feel guilty about confronting them, or doubt their instincts when things don't seem to add up. Initially, their explanations may seem reasonable, but don't hold up to evidence. As a respected colleague often says: "once is a mistake, twice may be a coincidence, three times is a problem"

The Centre for Addictions and Mental Health highlights some possible warning signs to spot a gambling problem in an individual close to you.

How the person gambling handles money:

Other behaviours:

If concerned about your adolescents having a gambling problem, watch for the following:

If concerned about gambling related problems contact your E.A.P. at 1-800-394-8015 or 416-234-1316 or the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health at 416-535-8501.

Written by Vince Ferrari, M.S.W., R.S.W.