How to Deal with a Gambling Addiction: Compassion might be a good start but a tough one. Gambling away savings and retirement can be a hard pill to swallow. Maybe more difficult is the lying that goes along with addiction. Furthermore, is the overall stress that it inflicts upon family and friends.
When it comes to a gambling addiction, there are always impacts on relationships with family and friends. Often people judge it as a moral problem. If the addict loved me then he/she would stop. Unfortunately that is not always the case with someone who has crossed the line into addiction. They are sick people who are suffering terribly inside. A little compassion could make the difference between life and death.
Now this is not to say that we are okay with a gambling addiction. This is far from the truth. It is possible to love the person and at the same time dislike the behavior. Certainly give yourself permission to do that. The key is to be supportive in any way possible. This is particularly important in helping your loved one get into treatment. As the old saying goes, “you catch more flies with honey than vinegar”.
One former patient expressed how grateful he was that his wife showed some compassion towards him. If she hadn’t he didn’t think he would have pursued treatment. He was pleasantly surprised by her support and indicated how it was the catalyst to finally getting help.
Despite the wear and tear it has on family and friends we can be useful to those who need help. A recent article discusses the effects on the family and how to change a response from angry to compassion. This might be the way on how to deal with a gambling addiction. Give it a shot, it just might work for you!