When you feel like the problem is more than you can handle, you are strongly encouraged to share your concerns with someone you trust, such as a family member, close friend, or family doctor. What is important is that you talk about it and break the silence.
The spouses of problem gamblers sometimes feel ashamed. Often, they try to hide the problem from the people around them. This is natural and very common.
If there is any risk of violence or abuse, it is crucial to ensure the safety and well-being of all those concerned...
By assessing the situation to determine what type of help you need
By building a support network, which may include a family member, a close friend, a clergy member, or an aid organization.
Protect your personal finances
Problem gambling often leads to considerable debt, and even bankruptcy. It can disastrous for the gambler’s finances and the entire family’s, too.
Here are a few tips to help keep your personal finances safe:
Keep track of all your expenses and debts
Protect your assets (To do so, you can open new bank accounts and change your mortgage and other assets so the gambler does not have access. A financial advisor may be able to help.)
Negotiate means of managing the family finances (for example, take the gambler’s credit cards away or give the person a daily allowance to cover basic expenses until the situation changes)
Never “bail the gambler out” by offering to pay his or her debts—that is the best way to make sure the problem lasts
Get professional help, whether for your personal finances or moral support