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21 Aug 2007

How do I tell if ...
How do I tell if my mum has a gambling addiction? She is very sneaky but still I cant tell if she has a problem or not. I have thought about having her followed but that is going to the extreme. I need to know what the signs are? is there a website I can visit for responsible gambling?
And if she does have an addiction how do we help her?
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

It can be really hard to tell, especially if she is being sneaky about it. Its a problem if she is spending more money and time on gambling than she can afford, and if it is impairing her work, home life and social life.
jcat is right with the reference to the tollfree number and website. But the central problem is that it is impossible top help someone with any bad habit unless and until they admit that it IS a problem and that they Do need help for it, and if they agree sincerely to participate realistically in treatment for it.
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