You Cannot Change The Gambler’s Behavior – They Have To Be Willing To Change Themselves.
You may find it hard to understand why the person with the gambling problem doesn’t just stop. But just as you cannot stop a runaway train, you cannot control the gambler’s behavior.
You need to take the focus away from their behavior and deal with your own feelings. This will help you to see the gambler as a person in crisis. This will then allow you to be supportive and understanding, yet not apply pressure about their behavior.
Gradual Steps To Change
Quite often family and friends are ready for the gambling behavior to change, while the person who gambles is not. This can lead to conflict and stress for all involved. Identifying where the person is up to within the change process can guide your approach to the problem gambler.
Help Strategies For Family and friends