A Friend or Family Member Needs Help

If you have a friend or family member who is grappling with a gambling addiction, you’re not alone in your concern and the emotional challenges that come with it.

The Gambling Clinic is dedicated to providing you with the information, resources, and strategies needed to help your loved one find the assistance they require to overcome their gambling addiction.

family holding hands to give support during conversation about gambling addiction with help from the gambling clinic in memphis tn

Will They Accept My Help?

Whether a friend or family member will accept help for their gambling addiction can vary greatly from person to person. It’s important to understand that gambling addiction is a complex issue, and individuals struggling with it may be resistant to change or simply not ready to confront their problem.

However, there are several steps you can take to increase the likelihood that your loved one will accept help:

  • Express Concern and Support: Start by having an open and non-judgmental conversation with your friend or family member. Express your concern for their well-being and let them know you are there to support them. They may be making efforts to hide or be secretive about their gambling habits, which is harmful to open, trusting relationships.
  • Educate Yourself: Learn about gambling addiction and its effects so you can better understand what your loved one is going through. This knowledge will also help you provide relevant information and resources. We all struggle to decide when something becomes a problem, and knowing the warning signs yourself can help you give support how it is needed.
  • Offer Assistance: Offer to help them find resources, whether it’s a therapist, support group, or treatment program. Be prepared with options and information so they don’t have to do all the research themselves.
  • Set Boundaries: While offering support, it’s important to establish and maintain healthy boundaries. This may involve refusing to enable their addiction, such as not lending money for gambling.
  • Avoid Confrontation: Avoid confrontational or accusatory language. Instead, focus on empathy and understanding. Let them know you’re coming from a place of love and concern.
  • Be Patient: Understand that recovery is a process, and your loved one may not be ready to accept help immediately. Continue to be there for them and offer your support without pressure.
  • Get support for yourself: It’s incredibly challenging to have a loved one suffer from gambling addiction. You may have been directly harmed or impacted by their behavior (financially, emotionally, etc.). Taking steps to gain information and take good care of yourself can help you support your loved one.

Remember that, ultimately, the decision to accept help for gambling harms is up to your loved one. It’s not something you can force upon them. Your role is to provide support, information, and encouragement, but they must be willing to take the steps toward recovery themselves. Be prepared for the possibility that they may not accept help right away, and be patient as they navigate their own journey toward healing.

Get a FREE SCREENING for Your Friend or Family Member

Educate Yourself on Gambling Harms

Here are some helpful links about gambling addictions and disorders. The more you educate yourself, the easier it will be for you to offer meaningful support to your friend or family member struggling with the consequences of problem gambling.

Consultation

The Gambling Clinic is dedicated to helping all Tennesseans who are experiencing harm from all forms of gambling. If you have a friend or family member who is experiencing gambling problems or gambling-related harms, here are a few steps you can take to help:

    1. Support your friend or loved one on their journey towards change. Having a strong support system predicts continued engagement with gambling treatment.
    2. Listen to them and seek to understand what they may be going through.
    3. Start a discussion with them about treatment. If you believe your friend or loved one could benefit from treatment, schedule a consultation with us to see how best to help them.

During consultation, we will briefly discuss therapy goals as well as what our program looks like. We tailor treatment to each individual, so all sessions are unique. However, you can visit our Therapy page to learn about the therapy process in general.

Get Support Now

We welcome anyone to reach out to us. We can guide you toward help or constructively guide conversations with a loved one about problem gambling.

Give us a call at 901.678.STOP. We can meet you where you are via telehealth, or you can come to us in Tennessee. We’re here for you.

Schedule a Consultation to Learn How to Help Your Loved One

A Friend or Family Member Needs Help

If you have a friend or family member who is grappling with a gambling addiction, you’re not alone in your concern and the emotional challenges that come with it.

The Gambling Clinic is dedicated to providing you with the information, resources, and strategies needed to help your loved one find the assistance they require to overcome their gambling addiction.

family holding hands to give support during conversation about gambling addiction with help from the gambling clinic in memphis tn

Will They Accept My Help?

Whether a friend or family member will accept help for their gambling addiction can vary greatly from person to person. It’s important to understand that gambling addiction is a complex issue, and individuals struggling with it may be resistant to change or simply not ready to confront their problem.

However, there are several steps you can take to increase the likelihood that your loved one will accept help:

  • Express Concern and Support: Start by having an open and non-judgmental conversation with your friend or family member. Express your concern for their well-being and let them know you are there to support them. They may be making efforts to hide or be secretive about their gambling habits, which is harmful to open, trusting relationships.
  • Educate Yourself: Learn about gambling addiction and its effects so you can better understand what your loved one is going through. This knowledge will also help you provide relevant information and resources. We all struggle to decide when something becomes a problem, and knowing the warning signs yourself can help you give support how it is needed.
  • Offer Assistance: Offer to help them find resources, whether it’s a therapist, support group, or treatment program. Be prepared with options and information so they don’t have to do all the research themselves.
  • Set Boundaries: While offering support, it’s important to establish and maintain healthy boundaries. This may involve refusing to enable their addiction, such as not lending money for gambling.
  • Avoid Confrontation: Avoid confrontational or accusatory language. Instead, focus on empathy and understanding. Let them know you’re coming from a place of love and concern.
  • Be Patient: Understand that recovery is a process, and your loved one may not be ready to accept help immediately. Continue to be there for them and offer your support without pressure.
  • Get support for yourself: It’s incredibly challenging to have a loved one suffer from gambling addiction. You may have been directly harmed or impacted by their behavior (financially, emotionally, etc.). Taking steps to gain information and take good care of yourself can help you support your loved one.

Remember that, ultimately, the decision to accept help for gambling harms is up to your loved one. It’s not something you can force upon them. Your role is to provide support, information, and encouragement, but they must be willing to take the steps toward recovery themselves. Be prepared for the possibility that they may not accept help right away, and be patient as they navigate their own journey toward healing.

Get a FREE SCREENING for Your Friend or Family Member

Educate Yourself on Gambling Harms

Here are some helpful links about gambling addictions and disorders. The more you educate yourself, the easier it will be for you to offer meaningful support to your friend or family member struggling with the consequences of problem gambling.

Consultation

The Gambling Clinic is dedicated to helping all Tennesseans who are experiencing harm from all forms of gambling. If you have a friend or family member who is experiencing gambling problems or gambling-related harms, here are a few steps you can take to help:

    1. Support your friend or loved one on their journey towards change. Having a strong support system predicts continued engagement with gambling treatment.
    2. Listen to them and seek to understand what they may be going through.
    3. Start a discussion with them about treatment. If you believe your friend or loved one could benefit from treatment, schedule a consultation with us to see how best to help them.

During consultation, we will briefly discuss therapy goals as well as what our program looks like. We tailor treatment to each individual, so all sessions are unique. However, you can visit our Therapy page to learn about the therapy process in general.

Get Support Now

We welcome anyone to reach out to us. We can guide you toward help or constructively guide conversations with a loved one about problem gambling.

Give us a call at 901.678.STOP. We can meet you where you are via telehealth, or you can come to us in Tennessee. We’re here for you.

Schedule a Consultation to Learn How to Help a Loved One

GET HELP FOR A FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER’S GAMBLING PROBLEM

If you would like to receive help for a gambling addiction, learn more about our services or schedule a consultation, call, email, or fill out the form.

  • Telehealth Available
    Anywhere in Tennessee
    901.678.STOP
  • The Gambling Clinic Headquarters
    University of Memphis
    TN Institute for Gambling Education & Research
    400 Fogelman Drive
    Memphis, TN 38152

  • East Tennessee State University
    139, Lucille Clement Hall
    166 DeRosier Dr
    Johnson City, TN 37614

GET HELP FOR A FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER’S GAMBLING PROBLEM

If you would like to receive help for a gambling addiction, learn more about our services or schedule a consultation, call, email, or fill out the form.

  • Telehealth Available
    Anywhere in Tennessee
    901.678.STOP
  • The Gambling Clinic Headquarters
    University of Memphis
    TN Institute for Gambling Education & Research
    400 Fogelman Drive
    Memphis, TN 38152
  • East Tennessee State University
    139, Lucille Clement Hall
    166 DeRosier Dr
    Johnson City, TN 37614