When does gambling become a problem?
Problem gambling is any game, bet or bet that causes family, financial, legal, emotional, or other problems to the player, their family, or others. Problem gambling can have a negative effect on your life or the lives of those close to you. For example, if your gambling is causing you to fall behind in school, you miss work, argue with family or friends, or worry about money you have lost, you may be a “compulsive gambler”. Anyone who gambles can develop a gambling problem.
If you think someone you know has a gambling problem, it can be difficult and uncomfortable to know how to talk to them about it. Knowing where to start can help you have an important conversation.
First, choose a comfortable place where you feel safe and where you won’t be interrupted.
Then keep it simple and straightforward.
· Let the person know that you care about them and that you are worried about the way they are behaving.
· Tell the person exactly what they did that affected you.
· Let the person know how their behavior affects others – be specific.
· Be clear on what to expect, “I want to tell someone about your game”) and what to expect, “I won’t cover you anymore”).
If someone’s gambling problem has affected you, it’s important that you take care of yourself. Even if the person with the problem is not yet ready or willing to get help, it may still be beneficial for you to talk to someone.
Free and confidential gambling treatment is available to Oregon residents and their families or friends. All counselors are trained and certified in gambling addiction.
The Tillamook Family Counseling Center offers free treatment for problem gamblers, their families or other important people for up to one year. The services are confidential and work. Contact the agency at 503-842-8201 for more information on dealing with gambling.
You can call the Oregon helpline for gambling issues and speak to a certified gambling advisor. The Oregon Problem Gambling Resource Helpline has trained professionals available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to listen, educate, answer questions, and direct people to free confidential processing services. All information shared is confidential and this service is free to residents of Oregon. Call 1-877-695-4648 (MY-LIMIT), text 503-713-6000.
You’re not alone. There is help, there is hope, and there is a way to get your life or the life of your loved one back on track.
Problem gambling prevention resources are available in Tillamook County. To learn more about problem gambling prevention or to request a problem gambling prevention presentation for your organization, club or business, email Janeane Krongos at [email protected] For more information on problem gambling prevention, visit www.opgr.org.