Often forgotten are the families of gamblers, however, we are able to help partners, children, parents and friends.
Help for Families of Gamblers was designed with you in mind because you matter too! Gambling addiction is a problem that affects entire families, not just the isolated gambler. Family and couples counselling can be very beneficial for all concerned. It is effective because it reduces anger and friction and creates a more supportive home environment where a gambler is less likely to relapse.
With gamblers affecting on average 14 people around them, often forgotten are the loved ones, the affected others.
It is difficult living with a gambler because in the beginning when gamblers are hiding their addiction you don’t know the reason for the change in their behaviour. They lie to you, their family and their friends. This loss of trust causes anger and friction in your home. Have you ever considered that they are ashamed, angry and don’t know why they are helpless to stop?
With frustrations growing, blame, criticism and arguments ensuing, we want to help your desperate situation before it becomes irrevocable for all concerned.
You might like to read Nuno’s Blog What is Problem Gambling, as it has some insightful help and things you can start doing today.
Having mounting debts with income down because of job losses, we know you are worried about your family and your home.
Maybe you took out a loan, thinking you were helping by paying off their debts, except you’ve ended up with even more debt! This is not the best way to help them, but don’t worry, we can show you better ways!
Gamblers live in a continual cycle of gambling and remorse. Eventually, it could escalate out of control. This is when a gambler might see suicide as the only means to end their pain and yours.
Family and friends are a gamblers best support network. You are beneficial for their recovery and continued success.
However, firstly you need to understand this gambling addiction and the best way to cope and help them.
Relationship counselling can help people in difficult situations work through their problems, move beyond them, and be better partners overall. Counsellors can help you become a better communicator, develop strong relationship skills, and improve your families happiness.
When discussing individual behaviours, try not to go on the defensive or get upset. It’s necessary to listen to what others have to say. This will make the process easier for everyone. Don’t worry, as the Counsellor will enable everyone to be heard.
Whether you are participating in relationship therapy with one person or the family group, therapy takes time and effort. Ultimately, it’s the work and commitment everyone puts in that will make a difference. And remember, it is worth it.
A family that plays together stays together
A Vacation with help for Families of gamblers. An opportunity to come away as a family giving you the time to bond again.
During the week, take part in individual and family counselling. Within this safe environment, you’ll have an opportunity to share how you have all been feeling. Come and talk to us about the pain, anger and desolation you have been experiencing.
Also, share what you have been missing out on. Maybe your Dad or Mum used to take you swimming every week, walking the dog in the country…
When all around you everything was falling apart, come and take a break and restore the harmony.
Children & Adult Activities – individually and importantly together
When you have a better understanding of this illness and how it has been affecting the behaviour of the gambler, you’ll be more receptive to rebuilding those all-important family relationships.
Remember it is never too late to start
Enjoy eating and talking together, maybe dine on the patio in the warmth of the sun.
Relax beside the pool, play games and enjoy the area.
There are some lovely trails to walk.
This is a golden opportunity to reconnect as a family and go home united.
Got a question and would like to know more Come and talk to us,
Most importantly, when you come together, you are stronger and more united.
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