A gambling addiction is different from tobacco or alcohol addictions. You can’t “smell” a gambling addiction. Given the subtle nature of gambling problems, how can you identify someone who is at risk for an addiction to gambling?
Additional signs of problem gambling may include frequent absences from home and work, excessive phone use, withdrawal from family, personality changes (increased irritability/hostility) and diversion of family funds. It’s important to realize that problem gambling can affect anyone.
To help determine if you or someone you know is at risk for problem gambling, take the 2-minute risk tests. If you think you need help or know someone that does, there are resources available. Go to the Get Help section in this website.