Do you have a mobile gambling/gaming problem?

Here are the warning signs.
Posted at 6:54 PM, Feb 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-11 13:33:04-05

Tips for people who think they might need to stop or slow down

  • Set time limits – It can consume hours of your time setting up your weekly roster. Determine how much time per week you will spend setting up and monitoring your weekly progress.
  • Stay involved with other activities you have fun doing – Make sure you have a balance of activities, gaming or gambling shouldn’t take over other activities you are interested in.
  • Keep your friendships and relationships
  • Set money limits – Limit the amount of money spent on play.

What Are the Warning Signs?

Problem gambling is not a bad habit or a moral weakness. It is a serious condition that affects you, your family, your friends, and your job. Learn to spot the warning signs:

At Work:

  • Frequently talks about gambling wins or placing bets
  • Complains about mounting debts or financial troubles
  • Eager to participate in and organize betting opportunities at work

 At Home:

  • Frequent mood swings
  • Unexplained absences or disappearances
  • Inconsistencies in finances, such as unpaid bills or missing money

 With Friends:

  • Prefers gambling (casino, Keno, card games, sports, etc.) to any other activity
  • Asks to borrow money
  • Becomes aggravated if concern for gambling is mentioned

Help is Available!

Spouses, partners, and family members of problem gamblers often feel frustrated, angry, sad, ashamed, and isolated. Depression and stress-related illness are common. Fortunately, help is available. Just thinking about talking to someone about a gambling problem can be scary, but knowing where to start can help you find the courage to have the conversation.

  • Tell the person you care about that you’re concerned about how he/she is acting.
  • Tell the person exactly what he/she has done that concerns you.
  • Tell the person how his/her behavior is affecting other people, and be specific.
  • Be clear about what you expect from him/her and what he/she can expect from you.
  • After you have told him/her what you have seen and how you feel, let him/her respond. Listen with a non-judgmental attitude.
  • Let him/her know you are willing to help, but don’t try to counsel him/her yourself.
  • Give him/her information, not advice. Encourage them to call the 24/7 help line.

A problem gambler doesn’t necessarily need to “hit bottom” to decide to get help. To get help for you or someone you know, call the 24/7 help line, 1-866-322-1407.