Influences of Parents on Youth Gambling.
Gambling is often referred to as the “hidden” or “silent” addiction. The National Council on Problem Gambling defines Problem Gambling as “all gambling behavior patterns that compromise, disrupt or damage personal, family or vocational pursuits. The essential features are increasing preoccupation with gambling, a need to bet more money more frequently, restlessness or irritability.
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When people turn to gambling at vulnerable times in their lives, and it becomes a way for them to cope, it can lead to problem gambling. Young people aged under 18 and people who've grown up in a home with a parent or grandparent with gambling issues have a higher risk than others of developing a gambling problem.
Gambling is an activity where people take part in a game by placing something of monetary value at risk in order to win money or a prize. There are many different forms of gambling - from scratch cards, lotteries and bingo, to betting on sports or events or playing casino games and arcade machines.
NHS: The CNWL National Problem Gambling Clinic in London has doctors, nurses, therapists, psychologists, debt counsellors and family therapists with special experience in helping problem gamblers. Gamcare - runs the national HelpLine and its online equivalent, the NetLine, to offer help and support for people with a gambling problem, their family and friends.
Adfam is working with GamCare to improve support for families affected by problem gambling. We want to hear directly from families to find out what kind of support would be most useful and appropriate for them. If you are the family member of someone that's experiencing a gambling problem, please tell us more by filling out the survey below.
Need help coping with son's addiction. Hi. this is my second time coming to the forum for help.The first time was a few years ago and was so naive how strong this addiction really is. I thought I would hit this problem head on and get it fixed. Yikes. in retrospect that was very wishful thinking.