By now you know we are going over questions that can help you assess whether you or someone you care about could be struggling with a gambling addiction. Here are four more questions to ask: 11. Have you ever lied to family members, friends, or others about how much you gamble or how much money you lost on gambling? When someone with an addiction lies about how much they "use" or how much money they spend on their issue, this is usually a definite warning sign they are in trouble. It is very common for an addict to minimize in order to stay in denial about it being a problem.
12. Has this happened three or more times?
Three or more times shows a pattern. It's also most likely getting worse.
13. Have you ever written a bad check or taken something that did not belong to you from family members or anyone else in order to pay for your gambling?
This is a definite sign that someone is in trouble. As the addiction takes over the brain, the addict starts making poor decisions. They will steal from family members, friends, and even commit a felony in order to support their addiction.
14. Has your gambling ever caused serious or repeated problems in your relationship with any of your family members or friends?
When something is just a "hobby" it usually doesn't cause a lot of repeated problems with your family or friends. But when something becomes addictive it usually affects others in ways the addict doesn't even see. When gambling starts affecting them, we know it's become a problem.
If anyone you know or you are struggling, please don't go about this alone. We have many addiction counselors who can help you recover and get your life back. Tomorrow Joleen will also give some resources for help.
Thank you for reading and have a good week.
Source: NODS- DSM IV Gambling Screen
Natalie Chandler, MA, LMHC is a therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Natalie enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, and couples counseling. We also specialize in family counseling, child, and adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Westfield, and Zionsville