What should I do if a member of my
family has a gambling issue?
yourself, especially your health. You can help your relative only if
you yourself are not under stress.
the gambler to take responsibility for their own debts. Endlessly
paying their debts is not effective in helping them give up
two-way communication: encourage them to talk about their difficulties.
Do not criticise or compel them to admit their wrongdoing;
this will only push them further away from you, making them afraid to
face you and their problems.
emotionally: listen to their problems and encourage them to deal with
the problems, helping them shoulder their own responsibility.
gambling behaviour explicitly. For example, do not praise or
congratulate them when they have a big win, do not use the money to
celebrate or for shopping and never provide money for them to gamble.
attempt to control the gambler: not only is it ineffective, it will
make you even more frustrated.
the gambler to have a correct view of money. Many gamblers think
that money is the solution to their problems. Help them understand that
money has its limitations and encourage them to find alternatives to
problems. Avoid blaming the gambler for the money they have lost,
as this may give them an excuse to gamble again.
attention to financial management. With the gambler’s agreement,
assist them with managing their finance. For example, take control of
family finance. Notify banks and credit firms
to stop lending money to them. In addition, be sure to not sign
any documents that you are unclear of or act as a loan guarantor.
Do not help
gamblers conceal facts to any financial compay: this not only breaks
the law, but is not helpful for a gambler seeking change.
attention to your own safety: when necessary, you can put important
documents and properties in a secure place to make it easy to carry
away in case of emergency. If you feel your personal
safety is threatened, seek help from the police.
Financial measures for family
members of gamblers