It can be quiet difficult to identify when an individual is suffering from a Gambling Addiction. A Gambling Addiction can be referred to as a hidden illness, as an individual can display no obvious symptoms or physical signs compared to other addictions.
Initially we may not want to believe our loved one or someone we know has a gambling addiction, as the person suffering from the addiction often will withdraw from their loved ones, sneak around, and lie about where they’ve been and what they’ve been doing.
Knowing what some of the warning signs of a Gambling Addiction can help both you and the individual decide what actions to take to address the problems and get the right help.
Here are some of the common warning signs that someone may have a problem with a Gambling Addiction include:
- Borrowing money on a regular basis
- Regularly short of money even though they earn a wage
- Lack of food in the house
- Unpaid bills or disconnection notices
- Becoming withdrawn from others/family events
- Household items and valuables missing
- Money missing from bank accounts or wallet/purse
- Changes in personality
- Using threats, lies or charm to manipulate others
- Performance at work being affected
- Having many loans at one time
- Often being late for commitments
- Being secretive about unexplained absences
Denial keeps the Gambling Addiction going. If friends and family are worried, make sure that the person listens to them carefully, and take a hard look at how gambling is affecting your life. It’s not a sign of weakness to ask for help and it’s never to late to make changes for the better in your life.
Amanda Ogden is from Sydney Australia, and has spent the past 13 years working within the welfare industry in both administration and case management assisting people with mental health issues, mild intellectual disabilities, acquired brain injuries, drug & alcohol, homelessness gain employment. She also loves travelling, creating jewellery, music, friends and family.