Compulsive Gambling

How Problem Gambling Affects Family and Friends

Problem gamblers aren’t the only ones affected by a gambling problem. The following characteristics are often seen in the family members, friends and co-workers of a problem gambler.

• Depression

• Low self-esteem and poor self-image

• Feelings of inadequacy

• Emotional distance from other friends and family members

• Anger, resentment and confusion

• Tendencies toward drug and alcohol abuse

• Often verbally, emotionally or physically abusive

• Guilt-ridden and suspicious

(Source: Minnesota Department of Human Services)

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